Re: using the escape key for shortcuts

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg28602] Re: [mg28573] using the escape key for shortcuts*From*: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh at wolfram.com>*Date*: Tue, 1 May 2001 00:17:28 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Peter Jay Salzman wrote: > one of my favorite things about Mathematica is the few shortcuts i > know, like for greek letters: > > <ESC>a<ESC> produces an alpha > <ESC>pi<ESC> produces a pi > > i want to know more, and found a file UnicodeCharacters.tr which looks > like a goldmine of shortcuts. however, they don't seem to be working. > > for instance, i would be very interested to know how to enter fractions > without clicking on the palette. there seems to be a definition for > FractionBox, but when i try: > > <ESC>FractionBox<ESC> > > nothing happens. perhaps i'm not using the information from this file > correctly. can someone tell me how to get a fractionbox without > clicking the palette? i can probably figure the rest out once i know > that one. :) Many of the two-dimensional typesetting features are mapped to Ctrl key shortcuts rather than escape-key aliases. For example, to start a fraction, you enter the numerator and then type Ctrl-/. Enter your denominator and then hit Ctrl-Space to get out of the denominator. A walkthrough of several two-dimensional editing operations are listed in the online help. You can access this information by evaluating the expression: FrontEndExecute[ FrontEnd`HelpBrowserLookup[ "OtherInformation", "Fractions" ] ] If you want to define escape-key input aliases, you will need to use the InputAliases option, which is documented in the online help, too. FrontEndExecute[ FrontEnd`HelpBrowserLookup[ "OtherInformation", "InputAliases" ] ] -- P.J. Hinton User Interface Programmer paulh at wolfram.com Wolfram Research, Inc. Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.