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RE: Re: Manipulating the Front End

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg47061] RE: [mg47045] Re: Manipulating the Front End
  • From: JonasB at iui.se
  • Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 22:39:18 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

The Help Browser documents some commands in the *.tr files, but not all. It
does not document the *.tr files (with load order etc). With better
documentation, perhaps one could improve Mathematica's rather crappy support
keyboard shortcuts with non-US keyboards. 

Customization does not seem all that hard. Just by guessing, I have managed
to add a couple of keyboard shortcuts I find very useful. By adding the
following lines to KeyEventTranslations.tr, Ctrl-[ inserts matching []
around text, and Ctrl-] inserts matching {}.

	Item[KeyEvent["[", Modifiers -> {Control}], 
		FrontEndExecute[{
			FrontEnd`NotebookApply[SelectedNotebook[],
"[\[SelectionPlaceholder]]", Placeholder]
		}]],
	Item[KeyEvent["]", Modifiers -> {Control}], 
		FrontEndExecute[{
			FrontEnd`NotebookApply[SelectedNotebook[],
"{\[SelectionPlaceholder]}", Placeholder]
		}]],

Matching braces is a fundamental problem in all programming.:-)

Jonas

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Luttrell [mailto:steve1 at _removemefirst_luttrell.org.uk] 
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Sent: den 22 mars 2004 11:19
> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Subject: [mg47061] [mg47045] Re: Manipulating the Front End
> 
> 
> In version 5 you will find all of the Front End tokens 
> documented in the Help Browser. Select the "FrontEnd" tab, 
> then the 6th entry in the left hand pane is "Front End 
> Tokens". You invoke these commands using FrontEndTokenExecute.
> 
> Steve Luttrell
> 
> <JonasB at iui.se> wrote in message news:c3h19u$bad$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> > Does anyone know where can I find a complete documentation of the 
> > FrontEnd programming features? There is a little in the Mathematica 
> > book and in the online documentation, but it is by no means 
> complete. 
> > Too often, like for example in section 2.11.4 of the 
> manual, you see 
> > tables listing:
> >
> > "A few named commands that can be given to the front end. These 
> > commands usually correspond to menu items."
> >
> > But where do I find _all_ the named commands?
> >
> > I want to create keyboard macros for things I type often. 
> (There are 
> > palettes, I know, but...) Quite a bit can be learned by 
> simply looking 
> > at the *.tr files, but there is too much guesswork. Editing 
> > DefaultFrontEndInit.tr was simple enough, Esc-si-Esc is replaced by 
> > "//Simplify" if:
> >
> > "si"->"//Simplify",
> >
> > is added to the InputAliases. Since I would prefer to have Ctrl-Alt 
> > combinations than Escaping all the time, I started looking at 
> > KeyEventTranslations.tr. I managed to get "//Simplify" 
> written when I 
> > type Control-h by adding:
> >
> > Item[KeyEvent["h", Modifiers -> {Control}],
> > FrontEndExecute[{
> > FrontEnd`NotebookWrite[SelectedNotebook[],
> > "//Simplify"]
> > }]],
> >
> > Unfortunately, I could not get any Ctrl-Alt combination to work by 
> > setting Modifiers -> {Control, Option}. Does anybody have any 
> > suggestions?
> >
> > Jonas
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Omega Consulting [mailto:info at omegaconsultinggroup.com]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> > > Sent: den 12 februari 2004 13:16
> > > To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> > > Subject: [mg47061] [mg47045]  Formatting notebooks for
> > > Menu File:New?
> > >
> > >
> > > At 05:05 AM 1/16/2004, jose flanigan wrote:
> > > >hi,
> > > >
> > > >I put some notebook formatting commands in the autoload init.m. 
> > > >This formats the initial notebooks when I start Mathematica 5.0 
> > > >from scratch. However, it does not format the new 
> notebooks I start 
> > > >by clicking on File:New.
> > > >
> > > >Do you know how I can control the format of the notebooks
> > > started with
> > > >the File:New menu command?
> > > >
> > > >Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > > The actions of the menus are controlled by the MenuSetup.tr file. 
> > > The file is in SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources or the 
> > > platform-specific subdirectory. The action associated 
> with each of 
> > > the menu items can be any
> > > frontend command. Change the line:
> > >
> > > Item["&New", "New", MenuKey["n", Modifiers->{Control}]]
> > >
> > > to
> > >
> > > Item["&New", 
> > > FrontEndExecute[{NotebookCreate[WindowSize->{100,100}]}],
> > > MenuKey["n", Modifiers->{Control}]]
> > >
> > > --------------------------------------------------------------
> > > Omega Consulting
> > > "The final answer to your Mathematica needs" 
> > > http://omegaconsultinggroup.com
> > >
> >
> 


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