[texworks] Lua Extension - put into Sentance Case, Trim, Date Time, lowercase, uppercase

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 07:20:57 CEST 2009

Thank you very much  for sharing that.

JavaScript sounds really great!!


2009/9/7 Jonathan Kew <jfkthame at googlemail.com>

> Just a quick note for now: yes, once the TL'09 release is out, scripting is
> one of the first new features I want to include in the development trunk.
> Don't assume, though, that the [first] scripting language will necessarily
> be Lua. Although Lua certainly seems to be on the rise in the TeX world,
> another very widely-known language is JavaScript, and it happens that Qt
> includes a lot of support for this right in the application frameworks. By
> using this, we can get a huge amount of functionality "for free", without
> the need to write (and maintain) extra code to interface the scripting
> language to the application's built-in objects and functions. So I think it
> makes sense to try this first, and then consider whether any additional
> language(s) may be needed.
> I have an experimental version with JavaScript support (based on Stefan's
> Lua patch, but much simpler because it doesn't have to provide the Lua
> interpreter or the "glue" code) that I will make available after we branch
> the stable TL release (shortly).
> And yes, the ability to have sub-menus (and shortcuts) for scripts, and
> easily modify them, is certainly desirable.
> JK
> On 7 Sep 2009, at 00:46, Paul A Norman wrote:
>   Dear Steffan,
>> Thanks for that.
>> I come from more a Delphi (Turbo Pascal) background so please excuse
>> anything I say as not working from a purely C workspace.
>> The incorporation of a scripting language is a stroke of genius, so many
>> distributed editors do not do that or in Win32/64 were in the past just
>> plugging VBA in.
>> PHP
>> In Delphi we can extend an application's functionality using a PHP
>> extension which opens up all the libraries and code of PHP (
>> http://users.telenet.be/ws36637/php4delphi.html) this plugs into the PHP
>> Zend C API - you can think what I am going to ask here, can TW being a C
>> written application better do this as well as LUA? Or could LUA be asked to
>> handle this for TW - its just that there is such a wealth of string
>> libraries and other  platform independant libaries already available under
>> PHP.
>> Dynamic Menu / Sub-Menu Items
>> I think I suggested privately to Alain (again form my Delphi background)
>> that the Scripts (LUA) names be utilised to show where they should go on the
>> Scripts menu.
>> I was thinking that the Scripts will be more important than many realise
>> at first, in that they will provide a lot of stringhandling utilities and
>> placement of custom tags (custom LaTeX commands), so they will probably
>> increase in number for many users very quickly.
>> This made me think from previous experiences that the Script menu would
>> become cumbersome and over full,  very quickly.
>> As (in Delphi) I am used to being able to make new sub-menus and menu
>> items dynamiacally at run time, I wondered whether this was possible in TW
>> as well?
>> Thinking perhaps that the LUA script name could place it on the menu tree
>> and call for the making of new sub-menu(s) as needed.
>> I.e. lua script name:  Insert-LaTeX_Pictures_Righthand-Logos.lua
>> - for space
>>  _ for new Sub menu
>> Would go on Menu     Scripts/Insert LateX/Pictures/Righthand Logos
>> Or perhaps it could be a property of the script  in the Script Management
>> tool, plcaement on which (sub)(sub)Menu?
>> It would be a great help to us users!
>> Paul
>> 2009/9/6 Stefan Löffler <st.loeffler at gmail.com>
>> Hi,
>> On 2009-09-02 11:44, GMAIL wrote:
>> >
>> > message from TeXworks user
>> >
>> > I am very new to Lua as no doubt the following will confirm, but I
>> > have been able to hobble this together from the Tutorials and chm help
>> > and other Lua Wiki resources.
>> >
>> > Share it in case it inspires any one else...
>> >
>> Thanks for putting the time into this and for sharing. I haven't tested
>> it intensively, but the first impression is great. It's good to see
>> people testing the new (experimental) features of TeXworks.
>> > (Also wondering, does TW object expose any more properties or methods
>> > please?
>> >
>> Yes, that's definitely planned. So far, the Lua implementation is very
>> experimental and basically just a prove of concept. After the first
>> official release, we'll brainstorm new development plans for Tw, and Lua
>> will certainly be in there. Then we'll probably also be drafting a
>> reasonable API with more properties, methods, etc. so that it gets
>> really usable. The methods provided so far are only quick hacks to show
>> that it can be done (as you proved with your scripts ;)).
>> Stefan
>> <user_Lua_Menu.png>
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