[TxMt] Multiple simultaneous arbitrary caret locations (with optional highlighting)
duane.johnson at gmail.com
Tue Apr 25 15:51:00 UTC 2006
On Apr 25, 2006, at 9:32 AM, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:
> On Apr 25, 2006, at 10:21 AM, thomas Aylott wrote:
>> Excellent points, all.
>> Maybe we'll just come up with some random command to make it work
>> by replacing the document with a snippet.
> Probably once we get mouse gestures, then the snippet idea might
> actually work (at least for the first command click), reasonably well.
> Of course, we could, even now, have a key that inserts a "special
> character", and once you've inserted all the special characters at
> each location you want, then have a command that reads the entire
> document and inserts it as a snippet, replacing those special
> characters with $1 or something. We could build this as is now, and
> make it require less keystrokes once mouse gestures are around.
> Not sure what the scaling performance of inserting the entire
> document as a snippet is, but it's worth a try.
>> Obviously it couldn't work exactly the same. :D
>> Thanks for letting us down easily
Beautiful--that's an excellent idea. In fact, this would cover
almost all of my use cases, since one could highlight and replace any
word with this "special character".
On another note, Soryu was suggesting that the new "markers" that
Allan is working on might be a useful tool for implementing this.
Perhaps command-clicking could add a marker to that spot, and then we
could create a "marker-to-snippet" command?
PS Allan, I don't think this feature would be as unpopular as you
think. Mac users are trained and adept at using the mouse in
conjunction with the keyboard. This is a long neglected area of
"power editing" in the text editor world, as most text editors only
implement the most rudimentary of mouse/keyboard interoperation.
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