[OS X TeX] how to handle window-mania?

Curtis Clifton curt.clifton at mac.com
Fri Oct 15 15:21:57 CEST 2004

On Oct 15, 2004, at 5:16 AM, Ralph Pöllath wrote:

> On 14.10.2004, at 15:42, Curtis Clifton wrote:

>> ... In OmniOutliner I've taken to coloring the background of 
>> different documents so that they are easy to distinguish when 
>> “Exposéd”.  Choosing a light, pastel background color doesn't 
>> negatively effect readability.  Perhaps TeXShop could allow setting a 
>> background color on a per-source basis.  This could be remembered by 
>> keeping a cache mapping files to background colors within TeXShop's 
>> saved preferences (or with a meta-data facility, but lets not open 
>> that can of worms here).  BBEdit 8 uses this mapping approach....
> Maybe TexShop could pick up a source document's color label (which you 
> can assign in the Finder) and use it as the background color?

Interesting idea.  The finder label colors are a bit too intense for a 
background to read/write against for long stretches.  I suppose a 
de-saturated version of these colors might work.  I'd prefer custom 
color setting inside TeXShop; I think this is straightforward for Cocoa 
apps.  IIRC, TeXShop already supports background colors via a hidden 
pref.  So the changes would be adding a color picker and remembering 
the background color on a per-source basis.  Maybe it's time for me to 
finally learn Obj-C.  Though my wife and my thesis adviser surely will 
remind me that it's time to finish the d$%* dissertation. :-)


Curtis Clifton, PhD Candidate
Dept. of Computer Science, Iowa State University

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