[texworks] Wishlist for TeXworks 0.4.3+

Felix Wieczorek felix at wieczorek-systems.de
Fri Jan 20 13:49:23 CET 2012

Reinhard is right, this needs a monospaced font.

The line is useful for good overview in the source .tex, not for  
breaking lines in the resulting document.
It aims to the same as Format->Hard Wrap... but is only a hint for  
wrapping lines.

The feature would be useful for helping to format the source .tex  
document independent of the width of the source window, without  
producing the format to the fully automatic "Hard Wrap...". (In  
exceptional cases it might be appropriate to have longer lines)



Felix Wieczorek

--- Paul A Norman <paul.a.norman at gmail.com> wrote at Fri, 20 Jan 2012  
12:18:11 +1300: ---

> Dear Felix,
> I think that Rheinhard has gathered better what you mean --- are you
> suggesting that you want to know where to break lines in
> the finished output (say .pdf)  by being able to see a vertical line in the
> TeXworks .tex editor?
> Under Windows there is a standard api (GetTextmetrics GetTextExtent32 etc
> and newer)  for calculating the fonted effect of a portion of
> plain ASCII --- however this would not take into account any of the LaTeX
> packages that you were using or other effects, and would rely on .ttf or
> .otf (and perhaps .ps) fonts only.
> Such a calculation could only produce a jagged or zigzag (sometimes
> disjointed?) line in a plain text editor like TeXworks, and even if it
> could pre-calculate any output  justification -- would constantly be being
> redrawn, possibly resource intensive(?) and visually with
> its constant alterations, would be potentially quite distracting I suspect.
> Just for clarity please --- where would you see this having a usefulness?
> What sort of situation?
> Would LyX http://www.lyx.org/Screenshots be closer to providing what you
> need?
> Paul
> On 19 January 2012 23:50, Felix Wieczorek <felix at wieczorek-systems.de>wrote:
>> For the Editor it would be great to add an option to display a vertical
>> line at
>> a specified column, (as an orientation for breaks).
>> --
>> Felix Wieczorek

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