[OS X TeX] OT: But what suggestions do TeXShop users have for collaborative writing

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Thu Jun 15 16:14:11 CEST 2006

Ross Moore wrote:

> Hello John,
> On 14/06/2006, at 11:13 AM, John Vokey wrote:
>> All,
>>   Sorry for the OT post, but I was asked today, so I thought I  would 
>> seek further input from other TeXShop users.  When I write  with 
>> multiple authors who also use LaTeX, we simply swap the .tex  files 
>> back and forth, handling all changes and suggestions with in- line 
>> comments (i.e., nothing is ever deleted, just commented out).   That 
>> seems to work well.  For non-tex co-authors, I send compiled  pdfs 
>> with in-line \marginpar{} for comments and suggestions, but,  of 
>> course, their comments in return are just usually emailed text.   I 
>> suppose CVS would work as well, but seems like overkill.  Any  other 
>> suggestions, especially something more TeX-like?
> \usepackage{soul}  lets you do  Strike-Out and Under-Line .
> That's a way of marking changes in the LaTeX source, with
> a clear visual effect within the PDF.
> This could be mixed with different colours to provide a kind
> of version-tracking setting.
> When it comes to the final version, you would only need to
> redefine \so and \ul to gobble/place there arguments, according
> to whether they are meant to be discarded or included.
> For larger segments such as whole paragraphs, then you could
>      \usepackage{comment}
> and declare your own  \includecomment  and  \excludecomment
> markup environments.

There is also the way to annotate temporarily in the margin (Ask Nelly, 
PracTeX Journal 2005-1):

        \vskip-\baselineskip %raise the marginpar a bit

It can be turned on/off by  


An annotation is inserted in the margin as follows

    \query{Here is a comment.}


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