[OS X TeX] Scandinavian {\aa} ??

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Mar 25 15:33:37 EDT 2008

On Mar 25, 2008, at 1:49 PM, Ari Stern wrote:
> I've found it far easier to use keyboard shortcuts, which
> automatically expand into proper TeX expressions, as they are typed,
> rather than defining new commands in the header.  (For example, I use
> "x" as a prefix for greek letters, so "xr" auto-expands to "\rho",
> "xa" auto-expands to "\alpha", etc.  There are lots of other
> time-saving commands, like "beq" for "\begin{equation}" and "eeq" for
> "\end{equation".)  I know that Emacs (my choice) and VI can do this
> auto-expansion natively ... not sure if TeXShop can do this on its
> own, but there are add-on utilities like TypeIt4Me that can add this
> capability to any Mac application.
> Check out the FasTeX project, which is basically an extensible
> shorthand system for LaTeX: http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~fastex/.  (My
> Ph.D advisor helped develop it; I ported it over to Emacs and
> subsequently became a die-hard convert.)
> Cheers,
> Ari


TypeIt4Me and the FasTeX exapnsion dictionary are very nice. You can  
also use the built-in Command Completion facility of TeXShop along  
with a custom CommandCompletion.txt file and Applescript macros  
(available as CommandCompletion.zip from <http://homepage.mac.com/ 
herbs2>) to do a similar thing. You've got to use the Esc key to  
trigger the expansion, but I prefer that control. The expansions use a  
bullet as a placeholder and the macros jump back ad forth selecting  
(and deleting if wished) the bullets so you can jump from argument to  

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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