[OS X TeX] finding missing braces

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Mar 6 00:45:11 CET 2007

On Mar 4, 2007, at 5:05 PM, Roussanka Loukanova wrote:

>> Howdy,
>> I believe the problem is intractable. How can a program know what  
>> you intended? E.g., suppose you leave off a closing brace in a  
>> sentence,
>> \emph{emphasized text ...
>> how will a program know whether the closing brace goes after the  
>> word `emphasized' or the word `text', or ...?
> Right: In cases like the above, \emph{emphasized text ..., the  
> error notice in the log (e.g., the console in TeXShop) may say that  
> the scope of the unmatched "{" goes to the last line of the entire  
> tex file.


Just as a note: since \emph{...} is meant for short snippets it will  
stop and complain if you come the end of a paragraph and it hasn't  
reached a closing brace. I.e., it is a ``short'' command.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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