[OS X TeX] option+I in TS 2.30

Alain Schremmer schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 16:38:40 CET 2010

On Feb 6, 2010, at 8:29 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Feb 6, 2010, at 7:07 PM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:

>> Of course I could change the shortcut but that's exactly the  
>> point: should the user have to rewire his brain to accommodate a  
>> new version of the software?
> Have you tried to set that shortcut to something else using System  
> Preferences->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts? If that works you can  
> then set what you want to that shortcut. I can also try to build  
> one for you without that shortcut but I sure don't want to get into  
> the habit of doing that. If I build it you'd have to have OS X 10.5  
> at the least since I don't have the 10.4uSDK on my system.

I took Matsoukas to mean that when an application gets updated, it  
should not change, more or less gratuitously, such things as shortcuts.

Such changes should be only for a really, really good reason. For  
instance, one might indeed decide to align the commands with accepted  
common practice inasmuch as the inconvenience of the change is offset  
by the advantage of standardization. For instance, I am annoyed at  
the fact that, given an application, you cannot know a priori  
whether, in order to italicize, you will need command-i or command- 
shift-i. Textedit goes one way, intaglio the other. To me this is  
frivolous and gratuitous. (If Apple tends to be dictatorial,  
sometimes it is right.)

And the fact that, in LaTeX, one does not italicize but emphasize is  
no excuse as 99.99% of the population does not see the "semantic  


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