[texhax] What program can I use to edit TeX files?

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Sun Mar 24 13:18:26 CET 2013

Am Sonntag, den 24.03.2013, 11:00 +0000 schrieb Philip TAYLOR:
> Thomas Schneider wrote:
> > Vim, emacs or other straight text editors will do it.  Word or other
> > word processors take a long time to start and are awkward to
> > manipulate in comparison.  
> . . .
> > So while I'm editing the
> > source latex .tex file in vim, I type a single ',' and my scripts
> > automatically typeset and Skim redisplays without me taking my hands
> > off the keyboard.
> I cannot imagine anything that Word could possibly do that is
> more awkward than interpretting a comma as a command to typeset
> a file.  Do you have to prefix every ordinary comma with some
> meta-command to prevent typesetting taking place ?
> Word may not be the world's finest TeX editor, but at least
> it does not usurp the meaning of one of the most common
> characters used in texts.

Vim has a command mode where single characters are "commands". 
You insert a real comma after going into "editing" mode.

You should not think that the many Vim fans are idiots 
who just never have tried Word. Rather, many have tried 
Word, but really find that working with Vim is much easier; 
although not easy to learn.



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