[texworks] Bugs: Key Shortcuts and Settings, LaTeX run not possible

Matthias Pospiech matthias.pospiech at gmx.de
Sat Dec 12 16:00:10 CET 2009

Joseph Wright schrieb:
> On 12/12/2009 08:18, Matthias Pospiech wrote:
>> I found that there is a shortcut CTRL+"'" and CTRL+"/"
>> That might work on an english keyboard but is absolutely nonsense on a
>> german Keyboard.
>> There it is "CTRL+SHIFT+#" and "CTRL+SHIFT+7" to achieve the same.
> You can change this: it's impossible to have one set of shortcuts that 
> work across all languages (and platforms!)
All languages is not what I what expect, but all latin ones should be 
possible. At least other IDEs provide shortcuts that
are less dependent on special characters.

>> There is a dialog "settings->editor" but also a "format->fonts". Both
>> set the same (editor fonts) with the difference that the latter does not
>> save anything.
>> This is highly confusing!
> The settings apply to all newly opened files, whereas the format entry 
> is for the currently opened file only. Different aims, different places.
Maybe it is only my personal view, but I think that in both cases a 
setting is applied. Why not set it in one place and have the option to 
set it as default?

>> What I do not understand is why latex (not pdflatex) is disabled. I
>> personally could live without dvi-ps-pdf, but the scientific papers I
>> write have to be submitted in this format,
>> since the publisher does not except pdflatex compatible latex files. So
>> is there a reason why I can not select to run in latex only mode?
> It's not "disabled", it's just not on the default list. With 
> auto-pst-pdf and shell escape on, you can avoid needing to view DVI 
> files at all. The main reason it's not on the list is because there is 
> no cross-platform way to do latex + dvips + ps2pdf. (MiKTeX, TeX Live 
> and W32TeX have different binaries, different operating systems have 
> different conventions, etc.). This has been discussed a lot on the list!
Maybe, but I do not see what is different in mikex to texlive, all 
commands exist under miktex.

C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Matthias Pospiech>dvips
This is dvips(k) 5.98 Copyright 2009 Radical Eye Softwar
dvips: Missing DVI file argument (or -f).
dvips: Try --help for more information.

C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Matthias Pospiech>ps2pdf
Usage: ps2pdf input.ps [output.pdf]
   or: ps2pdf [options...] input.[e]ps output.pdf

C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Matthias Pospiech>latex
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (MiKTeX 2.8)

Why not update the list at startup, when the binary knows the operating 
Or at least make it as convienent as possible to add the 
latex+dvips+ps2pdf commands.

I require this because the publisher (on of the biggest ones in physics) 
is damn stupid and has no clue about LaTeX.
Just a sidenote: they are going to replace it soon by Word2007 because 
that is ISO.
> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/issues/list
Ok, next time I put things there.

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