[texhax] \begin{...}...\end{...} VS. its shorthands

Philip G. Ratcliffe philipratcliffe at tiscali.it
Fri May 16 15:04:59 CEST 2003

Sorry Robin!  I can't get used to using Reply All in this list, where a
simple Reply is sufficient in the others to which I subscribe.

Let me add to what Robin said (with which I wholeheartedly agree):

Unbridled shorthand makes co-authoring a nightmare, very easily leads to
conflicting macro definitions (I assume you only want to use a couple of
letters at most) and at best can really only save a minimal amount of time.

Learning to type properly (as with reading manuals) would probably better
benefit 99% of the scientific community.

Most non-basic editors (e.g., WinEdt) allow one to define and rapidly
include templates or even finish off automagically a \begin{environment}
with the closing \end{environment} and maybe even include markers for

Cheers,  Phil Ratcliffe
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robin Fairbairns" <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>
To: "ky anh" <xkyanh at yahoo.com>
Cc: <texhax at tug.org>
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2003 12:44 PM
Subject: Re: [texhax] \begin{...}...\end{...} VS. its shorthands

> > Using \begin{...}...\end{...} kills our time.
> in trivial amounts.  selecting a font "kills" a heck of a lot more.
> > Is there any best way to save the time?
> not reliably.  some environments can be abbreviated to their initial
> and final commands, but far too many won't work in that form for the
> shorthand to be worth trying.
> of course, if you have read the sources of latex, and of any packages
> you are using, carefully enough, you will know which environment can
> be abbreviated and which can't.  you plainly haven't done that, and i
> don't particularly recommend it as a way of saving time.  (i've been
> at it since 1987...)
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