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Re: [Bug-AUCTeX] tex-5.502; TeX-command-list - renaming menu entries

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: [Bug-AUCTeX] tex-5.502; TeX-command-list - renaming menu entries
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 13:02:43 +0100

Thanks for your friendly e-mail.

On 7 Jun 2005, at 12:14, David Kastrup wrote:

I've configured my TeX-command-list to show me a nicely structured
menu, and while doing so I've renamed menu entries. For example, I
have renamed "View" to "View PS",

Wow.  So you use "View PS" to view PDF files.  Talk about intuitive

The command "open %s.ps" suggested to me that the PS file is shown:

 (list "View PS" "open %s.ps" 'TeX-run-command nil t)

Of course, I added

(list "View PDF" "open %s.pdf"  'TeX-run-command nil t)

According to the documentation and value of TeX-expand-list, %s is replaced by the file name.
Viewing PDF or PS depending on TeX-PDF-mode would be ideal, of course.

Well, no surprise here.  If you want to play games with the menu
names, you should probably do it at a different point of the code,
where the menus get created from TeX-command-list.

I'm not planning to mess with the code, because updates would be harder.
I'm using the customization variables as they are documented.

But the menu entries are supposed to give a clue about what to do with
C-c C-c too, so you should likely rather tamper with the help strings
than the menu entries.

Point well taken.

The reason for the given behavior is that you do a string-match over
the command list, and you try to match a hard-coded string such as
"View" with the menu entries. That has to fail when TeX-command-list
is customized.

But I don't want people to have to type
C-c C-c Compile RET
instead of the previous C-c C-c L RET.  The commands right now can be
given a single letter, and "Compile" conflicts with "Check".

I see, that is helpful.

This certainly does not count as a bug in AUCTeX, so I am redirecting
copies to auctex-devel instead.

OK. Very slowly. The TeX-command-list documentation tells me that I, as a user, can set the commands to whatever. AUCTeX, on the other hand, suggests defaults for some commands that don't exist after such customization.

I accept your criticism about my choices for the command names, but I'm sorry, if AUCTeX suggests defaults for non-existing commands, I'd call that a bug.


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