[texworks] Beginners' needs (was: Lua scripting)

David J. Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Thu Jun 18 02:21:38 CEST 2009

Thanks for the reply Stefan.

> I fully agree. Actually, everyone can write documentation. Implementing
> them into TW shouldn't be too difficult. It's most straight-forward if
> the documentation is written in HTML. . . .  Those feeling comfortable 
> with HTML (and
> possibly related XML-like languages) could also read
> http://doc.trolltech.com/4.5/qthelp.html on generating Qt help files.
This is useful to know.  In July I will have some time to brush up on my 
very rusty HTML.

> I agree with Alain, btw, that people probably won't start reading a
> thick manual. So my suggestion is to have a complete reference over all
> that TW has to offer (probably grouped by required user-knowledge or how
> needed it typically is), but also to have a short, simple and quick
> tutorial to get people started. Especially when dealing with people new
> to the TeX world they don't want to learn about specific command line
> options or the ability to use lua scripts for simplifying math
> typesetting. They want to be able to start the program, write a simple
> document, and get a nice output. I think a tutorial that covers that
> should be the first one to be presented to the user.
I agree with this completely.

> But I'll see what I can do about it [printing] when I have the time.
Thanks for this and all your other efforts for TeXworks!

> But you could file an
> issue at http://code.google.com/p/texworks/issues/list about the fact
> that the error message is neither descriptive of the real problem nor
> helpful in resolving it. I'd suggest the addition "If the file is opened
> in another program, please close it" or something like this.
I'll do that.


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