[OS X TeX] finding missing braces

Michael S. Hanson mshanson at wesleyan.edu
Sun Mar 4 23:47:07 CET 2007

On Mar 4, 2007, at 5:08 PM, Rene Borgella wrote:
> Rolf Schmolling wrote:
>> Hello!
>> Well I had a look at VIM (I think) but all that programming part  
>> scared
>> me away. Yes learning curve and LaTex somehow belong into the same
>> sentence BUT the steepness and when reaching a plateau of sorts (and
>> still see those mountains (of wisdom, reading this listÂ…) far far  
>> away
>> and incredibly highÂ…
>> So maybe I try again. I had a look at Textmate and got the same  
>> feeling.
>> too complex for this humble Macuser.
> I don't know if this would be a viable option, because I don't use  
> these
> tools, but it occurs to me that perhaps Textwrangler (the freebie) or
> BBedit may do this.

	BBEdit has a "Balance" command that allows you to place the cursor  
between two braces and highlight the text enclosed by them.  While I  
do not have TextWrangler installed, I suspect it has a similar  
command -- and (unlike BBEdit) it is free.

> You high powered users out there may know if this is even a  
> possibility.

	IMHO, BBEdit and TextWrangler are, in many ways, the least "high- 
powered" of the text editors that have been mentioned in this  
thread.  That is not to say that they are not powerful -- they are,  
particularly BBEdit -- but they have a substantially easier learning  
curve (again, IMHO, and YMMV) than TextMate (which I own but cannot  
get my mind around -- maybe because I never learned perl, ruby, awk  
or sed), vim, or emacs for the "average" Mac user.  These other  
editors are very powerful and useful tools, but they require an  
substantial investment to use effectively.  The gap from TeXShop to  
TextWrangler is arguably the shortest than from TeXShop to any other  
editor listed here.

	Hope this helps.

                                         -- Mike

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