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Re: [AUCTeX] AUCTeX support in lettre

From: Vincent Belaïche
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] AUCTeX support in lettre
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:57:38 +0100

Hello Mosè,

BBDB is some sort of phone book (well, it means insidious Big-Bother 
Data Base). My intention is to have functions to read the to-address with
auto-completion by getting the data from BBDB by means of name or

It is not that simple because the way you present the address in a
postal sending may need some formatting dependent on the country, so
probably a defcustom is needed to make this more open. There may also be
some dependance on the LaTeX extension (koma-script, letter or lettre),
I have not investigated kom-script yet, but letter and lettre are quite

The same recipient name may also be associated with several snail mail
address, so there also needs to be some selection mechanism for this

Concerning the place where to put the Elisp code, well I don't know
where the best place is, probably some new tex-bbdb.el would be a good

    Vincent Belaïche

PS: CC to BBDB list.
> From: address@hidden
> Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:23:13 +0100
> Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] AUCTeX support in lettre
> To: address@hidden
> CC: address@hidden
> Hi Vincent,
> 2015-11-12 23:23 GMT+01:00 Vincent Belaïche <address@hidden>:
>> Dear AUCTeX experts,
>> For your information I intend to add AUCTeX support to package lettre of 
>> which I am the maintainer.
>> Here is a preliminary verison, comments/brickbats welcome...
> Just a comment: please use `TeX-read-string' instead of `read-string' ;-)
>> My intention is to add BBDB support, I have seen that this is also in the 
>> TODO list of AUCTeX for class letter. I think that it would be a good idea 
>> if some code could be commonalized for all letter supporting classes (the 
>> three main ones, AFAIK, are letter, lettre, and koma-script).
> I don't know what BBDB actually does, could you please briefly explain
> which features provides and how do you plan to integrate with your
> package?
>> Any idea how to do that ? Any suggestion where to start ?
> Do you mean how to commonalize the functions used in those style
> files? If so, indeed we don't have a real place where to put
> functions that should be used only in style files, they simply go in
> tex.el or latex.el, where appropriate. tex-style.el has been used so
> far only for variables (as stated also in the header).
> Bye,
> Mosè

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