[OS X TeX] TeXShop's %& ugly bug

Will Robertson will at guerilla.net.au
Fri Sep 10 12:43:08 CEST 2004


On 10 Sep 2004, at 7:37 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 10 sep 2004, at 11:55, Will Robertson wrote:
>
>> On 10 Sep 2004, at 6:22 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>>
>>> I'd like to add that there should be no real reason to reinvent the 
>>> wheel: emacs has added meta-data information to tex and other 
>>> file-types for years. The important ones (master-file and 
>>> character-encoding) are all there, and I think adding some 
>>> application specific ones would not be horribly hard.
>>
>> Do you know the specifics of how this is done? Is it simply comments 
>> at the top of the document, or instead a separate file with the 
>> information inside? It does seem sensible to coerce emacs' method.
>
> A set of comments at the end of the file, I'd have to look up a sample 
> somewhere to get at the specifics, but there are emacs users on this 
> list (and even the porter of Carbon enhanced emacs hangs around here), 
> and I think they can provide much more detailed answers of how emacs 
> does things.

 From the AUCTeX documentation (v11.50, which I haven't even worked out 
how to install yet), it looks something like this at the end of a file: 
(couldn't find an example for the character encoding)

%%% Local Variables:
%%% TeX-master: "master"
%%% TeX-command-default: "SliTeX"
%%% End:

It's ugly enough that I'd be happy just re-implementing the %& 
functionality to use a different prefix. I find the whole issue fairly 
trivial, though.

>> This release of TeXShop seems more difficult than previous ones...
>
> Yup. I've switched to BBEdit and my own macros a long time ago... Once 
> the specifics of the emacs solution are posted I'll attempt to 
> integrate them with my scripts and publish those.

It occurs to me that tasks like these have probably been undertaken 
many many times in the last 20 years...

Will

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