[texworks] Symbol toolbar (was: Question)

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 11:27:35 CET 2015

On 10.03.2015 09:56, Joseph Wright wrote:
> The original design plan for TeXworks is about keeping the interface
> simple. Presumably any toolbar additions will be optional?

Yes, of course. It will be optional.

What is not decided yet is how to implement it in detail.
One possibility would be to expose toolbars to scripting and allow users
to write scripts that create new toolbars. This has the advantage that
not only symbol lists could be created, but also all sorts of other tools.

Another possibility is to have some additional window/panel (similar to
the table of contents panel or the tags panel that we have already) and
have a user-defined list of symbols. This has the advantage that it is
probably a lot easier to implement and to allow complete snippets, not
just symbols (e.g., a user could define all the code he regularly uses
for tables and put it in one snippet). This would be similar to the
already existing autocompletion feature (where you can also define
complex, multiline snippets). Maybe one could even tie the two together
and simply have an "autocompletion preview" panel.

But in any case, I agree that it should be optional (although toolbars
are also optional as they can be hidden by default) and configurable.

All the best,

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