[OS X TeX] option+I in TS 2.30

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Feb 7 10:55:07 EST 2010

On Feb 7, 2010, at 9:38 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> On Feb 6, 2010, at 8:29 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> On Feb 6, 2010, at 7:07 PM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:
>>> Of course I could change the shortcut but that's exactly the point: should the user have to rewire his brain to accommodate a new version of the software?
>> Have you tried to set that shortcut to something else using System Preferences->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts? If that works you can then set what you want to that shortcut. I can also try to build one for you without that shortcut but I sure don't want to get into the habit of doing that. If I build it you'd have to have OS X 10.5 at the least since I don't have the 10.4uSDK on my system.
> I took Matsoukas to mean that when an application gets updated, it should not change, more or less gratuitously, such things as shortcuts.
> Such changes should be only for a really, really good reason. For instance, one might indeed decide to align the commands with accepted common practice inasmuch as the inconvenience of the change is offset by the advantage of standardization. For instance, I am annoyed at the fact that, given an application, you cannot know a priori whether, in order to italicize, you will need command-i or command-shift-i. Textedit goes one way, intaglio the other. To me this is frivolous and gratuitous. (If Apple tends to be dictatorial, sometimes it is right.)
> And the fact that, in LaTeX, one does not italicize but emphasize is no excuse as 99.99% of the population does not see the "semantic difference".
> Regards
> --schremmer


Since the Cmd-I shortcut I use is attached to a Macro (that contains \emph{#SEL##INS#} in my case) you can set it to what ever you like. It has nothing to do with setting it to \emph{} or \textit{}.

I guess I find getting the documentation for a package quickly (double click the package name in the source file \usepackage command, Copy it to the clip board with Cmd-C, open the Show Help for Package... with Opt-Cmd-I, Paste the clip board using Cmd-V and press return---quicker to do than say) is a priority for me. Sigh...

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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