[OS X TeX] Automatic labeling for references

Fri Apr 4 22:18:54 EDT 2008

Hello.

>> But then you've still got to get the \ref commands right so you
>> need to know what the labels are. Or do I have this wrong?
>
> I assume you mean that before I can write "We already saw in
> \titleref{314} that …" in the source, I have to know that 314 is the
> label of the section I want to reference. Well, I could look up the
> section in the toc and then the label number at the given page
> number. In fact, why coulnd't the label be the chapter number
> followed by some symbol and then by the section number? Then I would
> just have to look up the toc!
>
> The reason I would like this to be automatic is that last year I
> gave up on references altogether because I got completely confused
> even though someone on this list had written a macro that would
> generate random label numbers. This way, it would be just a matter
> of looking up an already existing label.

I often change the order of things around as I go along (sometimes
quite dramatically), so what was section 2.3 might become section 2.7
etc. So you (I?) would either need to live with a mismatch of label
and actual section number then (making it kind of arbitrary), or
change the label and all depending \ref's all the time, which seems
quite tedious and error-prone unless automated.

What I imagine could be more feasible is to create a label that looks
more like \label{sec:SomeWordsFromSectionTitle}. I usually do that
manually, but I imagine it might be automated - probably through some
sort of autocompletion mechanism, or applescript that grabs hold of an
immediately preceding \section{}, rather than in (La)TeX.

Since I don't use TexShop myself, and are rather a novice at
AppleScript, maybe other people could be more helpful with the
specifics.

Cheers,
Jan