[OS X TeX] Re: wishing for an "outlining" mode for TeXShop
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Fri Mar 21 09:14:19 EDT 2008
On Mar 21, 2008, at 8:02 AM, Denis Chabot wrote:
> 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?
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.
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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