[texworks] Some remarks regarding TeXworks on Mac OS X

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 29 17:56:16 CEST 2009

On 29 Jul 2009, at 11:20, Berend Hasselman wrote:

> Using TeXworks 0.1 (r.333) on Mac OS X 10.5.7.
> First of all: my compliments to the developers.
> This looks really nice and will be a very desirable replacement for  
> dvi viewers. Hopefully the editor will be extended soon.
> I have the following remarks
> 1. after  editing a typesetting command in the preferences (whether  
> or not you have made changes), the  typesetting command on the  
> toolbaar reverts to pdfTeX (the top of the list). I have changed   
> the typesetting default to pdflatexmk.

As it happens, I just fixed this in the source code yesterday, so the  
next build should resolve this problem.

> 2. After doing a remove aux files the same happened: the typesetting  
> command on the toolbar reverted to pdfTeX.
> I didn't look, did a Typeset and then pdfTeX doesn't understand  
> \documentclass (of course) and waits for input and you can't respond.

You should be able to respond to the error prompt (assuming you have  
some idea how! such as typing "x" to exit) in the bottom-line input  
field that appears during typesetting.

> This happened once. I have been trying to reproduce this but haven't  
> succeeded.

I'm not sure what happened there; if you do come up with a way to  
reproduce it, please file a bug report.

> 2. I would like to change some of the keybindings. For example: Home  
> ==> goto start of line and End ==> goto end of line.
> Some may feel that this is not Mac-like but one can configure Mac OS  
> X with a DefaultKeyBindings.dict to do just that.
> Which is what I have done since I cannot get used to the alternatives.
> I have not been able to find anything in the ~/Library/Texworks  
> folder (I vaguely remember that in Windows there is a file letting  
> you change keybindings?). Apparently the QT library doesn't honour  
> my keybindings.

Sorry, I don't think there's a way to do this at the moment. The  
DefaultKeyBindings.dict file you mention is specific to Apple's Cocoa  
text system, but TeXworks is not using this because of the desire to  
be portable. I agree it would be nice to provide this possibility in  
the future.

> 4. a keyboard shortcut as supplement  to the toolbar button "Stop  
> process" (replaces the typeset button when typesetting is active)
> (then I don't have to leave  the keyboard after doing Command+T)

Actually, Command-T will do this, as the action is toggled between  
"Typeset" and "Interrupt", though I don't think the menu item actually  
changes at the moment. But also, I'm not happy with this, as it's too  
easy to hit it by accident, so expect it to change at some point.

Thanks for your feedback!


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