[OS X TeX] TeXShop syntax highlighting for expl3

Richard Koch koch at uoregon.edu
Sat Jan 27 23:39:50 CET 2024


I think this was requested by Jonathan Kew. I had forgotten about it.

The TeXShop Manual contains a chapter listing all hidden preferences, including this one.
But if you didn't know that it was there, I'm not sure how you'd find it.

A temporary preference to fix a bug which should soon be properly fixed by Apple will be a hidden preference. Any preference item requested by just a few people, but difficult to explain to other users, will be a hidden preference. A preference item requested by many users, but which I think is a bad idea, will be a hidden preference (example: turning off automatic saving).


On Jan 27, 2024, at 1:19 PM, Alan Munn via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:

Actually delving into the source a bit more, there is limited support for expl3 syntax already, with the hidden preference that came with v4.10.

defaults write TeXShop expl3SyntaxColoring YES

This at least formats code like \l_mymodule_foo:Nnn blue in the editor, which is an improvement over the default.  But it would be nice to further distinguish functions from variables. I don't understand the code well enough to add that change, however.

BTW, I've never quite understood the criteria for making something a hidden preference vs. a selectable preference in the preference panes.


Alan Munn
amunn at gmx.com

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