[OS X TeX] Re: wishing for an "outlining" mode for TeXShop

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Mar 21 09:14:19 EDT 2008

On Mar 21, 2008, at 8:02 AM, Denis Chabot wrote:
> Hi,
> I don't know if this would be very difficult to implement, but given  
> the fact that LaTeX encourages structure, it would be nice to have  
> an "outlining" mode when starting to write new documents, or  
> rethinking the structure of a draft.
> Back in the 80s I started using Acta for this purpose but switched  
> to the outlining mode in Word when it became available. It was more  
> useful to me to be able to switch back to an outlining mode at any  
> stage of the production of a document than to stay with the better  
> outlining of Acta, but an outline that did not evolve as my document  
> did evolve.
> Now that I move more and more of my writing to LaTeX, I'm left  
> without an outlining mode. I've read a while back that Omni's  
> outliner could export to LaTeX, but this brings me back to Acta: an  
> outline that won't evolve with my document.
> I do not require a very complex outliner. For instance, if TeXShop  
> had a switch that made everything but the items that show under the  
> "Labels" button disappear, I could function. I believe this would  
> leave the lines defined as chapters, sections, subsections, etc.  
> visible. No need (well, I would not turn it down if it was offered)  
> to see the first line of regular text paragraphs, like full-fledged  
> outliners do. But if one moves one of these labeled lines around,  
> all the text belonging to that chunk would follow it. If the label  
> (say a subsection) was moved to a different location, the text would  
> move. I supposed that if a chunk was deleted, its text should go  
> too, the user would bear the blame if he/she regretted it later.
> Would this be difficult to add to TeXShop? If so can it be added to  
> the wish list?
> Cheers,
> Denis


It's probably on the TeXShop project's feature request list already  
but add it if it's not there yet; <http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=155796&atid=797241 
 >. I know it has been mentioned here before.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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