[texworks] HELP: Integrated Tw LaTeX2e Help dialogue

Ben Harrison ben.harrison at liquidmesh.com
Wed Jul 7 05:15:23 CEST 2010


Some feedback and a question. I'm going to number them, because it's not
really well laid out here.
I'm on a Ubuntu Linux desktop, v9.10, TeXworks Version 0.3 r.671

I had to enable the QtScript debugger in Tw preferences before this would
run (otherwise I got an error message "ReferenceError: __FILE__ is not
defined"). Is that expected?

After running the menu command, I was waiting a while for the help screen to
load (it initially opened with an empty RHS pane, except for 'Wait a
moment'), so I switched to another application. Twice, the help dialogue
forced focus back to itself as, I guess, it loaded bits and pieces.

I searched for \usepackage by highlighting it in my editor, and running the
menu command. The twin panes opened, then showed four choices on the left
(usebox, usecounter, usefont, usepackage), and the help text for usepackage
on the right - nice! I clicked on usepackage in the LHS pane, and got an

> Cannot read file "/home/ben/.TeXworks/scripts/Help/html/QVariant(QUrl)":
> No such file or directory

The error causes the QtScript debugger to open in the background, but I can
't do anything to it. If I click on the Help dialogue at this point in time,
the Help dialogue is focussed, which hides the error popup (I didn't realise
this at first, just thought it had been dismissed).

I can't do anything to the debugger until I cancel the Help dialogue. I
wouldn't know what to do with it anyway, but just curious if this is
supposed to be useful?

Opening the Big List: the drop down box is the full width of my (smallish)
screen, due to one entry. See attached screenshot (TheBigList.png)

The button at bottom-left isn't big enough for the text on my system. See
attached screenshot (HelpScreen.png).


On 6 July 2010 23:48, Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Thanks Jonathan and Stefan!
> Here is the next shot at it, I've adopted all of the recomendations I
> think.  Layout system was a new experience! I've added another set of
> entries to the left menu to give more fuller results (added the
> Concept Index).
> Couple of function changes - nothing spectacular.
> Made a new directory for the user's index to go into, to protect it
> from future updates. (A blank copy of the neeed file will then be
> found in /html/)
> Any way here goes, pleae let me know if that works cross platform.
> -----------
> This is a Tw help dialogue (ver 0.52) July 7th 2010 that replaces the
> NASA help info.
> It utilises the LaTeX2e Help work done by Karl Berry and others.
> The zip completely replaces ver 0.5 released here a few days ago. If
> you installed that, delete its whole directory first.
> Due to Jonathan Kew and Steffan Loefer's, and others efforts, it is
> fully integrated with the Tw editor, and requires no outside browser.
> Down load fom here --
> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/issues/detail?id=261&can=5&q=sCRIPT#c30
> Unzip into your scripts folder, perhaps into a directory called
> `help'. Allow decompression to `use folder names'.  Refresh your
> Scripts from the Scripts Menu.
> Make sure your TeXWorks document is saved first.
> You can then use (Win) Alt+F1,Alt+2 together to open this help-(Help
> for LaTeX2e).
> In the Tw Editor, select some text first, a full command, or partial
> text that you want to search for help on. (Double clicking a LaTeX
> command name will select it for you.)
> Further help information is available in the dialogue.
> Paul
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