# [texhax] What program can I use to edit TeX files?

Shubho Roy shubho.roy85 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 21 18:22:12 CET 2013

Emacs is a good editor too.

On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM, Thomas Schneider <schneidt at mail.nih.gov>wrote:

> Steven:
>
> > I thought I could just work on the TeX files in Word, treating them
> > as ASCII files, but the publisher wants me to edit the actual TeX
> > files and send them back to them as edited TeX files, not as ASCII
> > files.
>
> TeX is in ASCII already.  The files could be '.txt' but are normally
> labeled '.tex'.
>
> > Could you please tell me what program I should obtain and install to
> > do this kind of work?
>
> As others have said, any text editor will work as long as you save it
> back as text.  We can have religious wars about which editor or
> environment is best.  If you have Unix you (Linux or Mac, maybe
> cygwin) will have a vast array of free tools available.
>
> If you use an environment built for TeX or LaTeX you can get automatic
> typesetting but at the price of being forced to use their editor.
>
> I use vim (visual editor improved) which is usually available on unix
> systems.  (See: http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms/vim.html .)  The reason I
> use this editor is that it is extremely efficient for making changes
> quickly.  I'm editing this email using vim and I'm not touching my
> mouse at all, which means I keep my fingers on my keyboard and zip
> through the typing and changes.
>
> When working with LaTeX I automate my work using atchange
> (http://alum.mit.edu/www/toms/atchange.html) so I don't like
> environments that force poorly designed editors (ie anything other
> than vim!) on me which make me use the mouse.  Once atchange is set up
> to watch the text file and run the appropriate programs, I can just
> type a comma ',' to get the typeset pdf while keeping my fingers on
> the keyboard all the time.
>
> > I don't really need to be be able to run TeX/LaTeX as a typesetting
> > program. I just need to be able to edit the native files.
>
> Unless you are careful to avoid commands (they will look like
> \command{stuff}) this may not be a good idea since you could mess up
> the file and make it hard for the author to correct it.  It would be
> best to set up an environment which runs and typesets the file so that
> you can see your results.
>
> Tom
>
>   Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
>   Senior Investigator
>   National Institutes of Health
>   National Cancer Institute
>   Center for Cancer Research
>   Gene Regulation and Chromosome Biology Laboratory
>   Molecular Information Theory Group
>   Frederick, Maryland  21702-1201
>   schneidt at mail.nih.gov
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