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Re: InputAliases

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  • Subject: [mg28256] Re: [mg28230] InputAliases
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 01:53:04 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, David Park wrote:

> I would like to make an InputAlias for the following three lines so I don't
> have to type them in each time I do an animation.
>
> SelectionMove[EvaluationNotebook[], All, GeneratedCell]
> FrontEndTokenExecute["OpenCloseGroup"]
> FrontEndTokenExecute["SelectionAnimate"]
>
> However, when I copy these lines into the InputAliases Dialog Box in the
> Option Inspector I run into all kinds of problems. When I try to enter the
> alias, Mathematica doesn't like the box structure. Also it seems that there
> is a limit on the size of the replacement. I can make an alias for the first
> line alone, but not for all three lines as a unit.
>
> Can anyone show me how to do this?

You may want to reconsider the fundamentals behind your approach.
Defining an input alias to paste a code snippet sounds like a very awkard
thing to do.  Have you considered putting this operation under a button
that either performs the operation or pastes the expression?  Saving this
kind of a button as a palette notebook would be more robust since you
could lose your InputAlias settings if you needed to delete the front end
init.m file.

-- 
P.J. Hinton
User Interface Programmer                         paulh at wolfram.com
Wolfram Research, Inc.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.



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