[TxMt] Re: TM_DATE , Ruby and Latex Template

Charilaos Skiadas cskiadas at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 18:06:53 UTC 2008

On Nov 11, 2008, at 9:07 AM, Alain Matthes wrote:

> Le 11 nov. 08 à 09:59, Allan Odgaard a écrit :
>> On 5 Nov 2008, at 23:53, Alain Matthes wrote:
>>> [...] no problem with the classic method [ NEW from Template] [Edit
>>> Templates] but with the other method
>>> [ why  another method ? Only God knows ..]
>> I seem to recall Haris saying that there already is an established
>> convention for LaTeX templates, and the additiional system (specific
>> to the LaTeX bundle) is for those who already have a lot of templates
>> following this convention.
>>> [...] I create a file in Application Support  > Latex > Templates
>>> but iI
>>> want to use shell variables
>> I don’t think it expands shell variables, and since this system is a
>> more general LaTeX template system, I am not sure it really should be
>> made to do so (i.e. it is there for compatibility).
>> Why not stay with snippets or regular templates?
> Yes i'm agree with you (I prefer regular templates ) but I'm curious
> about the  problem :

The intent of the LaTeX templates was for repeatable code snippets,  
that can be inserted as part of a document. It was mostly there for  
people migrating from TeXShop, if I remember correctly. Then again it  
was a long time ago. One can really think of them as regular snippets  
probably, except that in their present form they can be directly  
shared with other TeX programs that use them, if I recall correctly.

> Alain Matthes

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

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