[texworks] TexWorks Lua Script latex-CTAN byTopic help ver 0001 - 2009 October 6th 01-02pm NZST

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 14:41:46 CEST 2009

Dear TexWorks People,

I have prepared a search function for offline (portable) viewing the Ctan"By
Topic" document.

There is a lua script for calling the help system, callable from within the
Lua enabled version of TeXWorks, or the file may be opened as a stand alone,


Unzip into your TeXWorks binary directory allowing folders, move the Lua
script into your Script directory under Config. Restart TeXWorks, and
highlight a phrase for searching in CTAN informaton, then choose the Ctan
help from the Script Menu.

This is designed for Google Chrome under MS Windows, but the batch file can
be altered for most uptodate browsers. However you may want the JavaScript
speed of Chrome for this project - its said to be upto 10 times faster than
some other browsers.

 http://paulanorman.com/delphi/latex-CTAN byTopic help ver 0001 - 2009
October 6th 01-02pm

There are over 2000 entries in the excellantly constructed CTAN document,
 the scripting in the zip copy lets you search the description text and
links offline.  This does not search the full package information as CTAN
does on line but gives a good quick reference that may be enough often.

For example in finding the name of a package for some job when you can not
remember it, or discovering what to use.  If you are online and click on the
links, the CTAN package information is displayed as expected.

Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.

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