[TxMt] Ability to set selection from a command

Matthew Gilbert gilbert at voxmea.net
Fri Nov 4 05:01:26 UTC 2005

On Nov 3, 2005, at 8:28 PM, Allan Odgaard wrote:

> On 03/11/2005, at 22.31, Matthew Gilbert wrote:
>> I have frequently wanted the ability to replace some text in the  
>> current document and set the selection through a command. Is this  
>> possible? I can easily replace the entire document, but setting  
>> the selection eludes me.
> What can be done is instead use a macro. A macro can get the same  
> command functionality (insert snippets etc.) using Text -> Filter  
> Through Command…

Thanks, I didn't think of using a regex and a Macro and Filter  
Through Command. Not quite as flexible, but will work.

> That said, the need to somehow make a selection pre-executing a  
> command is definitely useful. I'm toying a little with the thought  
> of having commands specify what “unit” they work on, like word,  
> line, paragraph etc. -- that's how I do for the build in stuff. But  
> it might be more flexible just to have the command itself do the  
> selection via a (future) scripting interface.

Very much looking forward to it. I can't wait to control TextMate  
from inside a command.

>> In addition, I'd like access to the column number along with the  
>> line number. I didn't see this as one of the exported environment  
>> variables.

I totally missed it. Sorry for the stupid question. Thanks for the  
help. _matt

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