[TxMt] howto help: new user can't figure out HTML completion

Tom Armitage tom.armitage at gmail.com
Mon Sep 25 10:21:50 UTC 2006

The single simplest tip I can think of is: tab expands a "snippet",
which is what you're looking for. "Esc" only does completion based on
other words in the open document.

The large things which expand and then let you tab through them,
inserting values all over the shop, are "snippets" - you can check
them out in the snippets editor (Command-Opt-Ctrl-S) if you want to
find out what's available within each language grammar, or if you want
to write your own.


On 25/09/06, Textmate List User Ivy <textmate at caspiandesign.com> wrote:
> Folks,
> I'm watching Putting Flickr on Rails
> (http://www.rubyonrails.com/screencasts) and see the presenter using
> TextMate with completion for a new HTML file. Great! How do I "turn it
> on"?
> Just want to set it and use it. I open a new doc, "application.rhml" in my
> rails tree in folder, "layout" and type "doctype" and hit "esc"...nothing
> happens - no, I take that back. Textmate beeps at me.
> I don't want to become a textmate expert or wade through a lot of
> documentation. Is it a bundle setting? A keystroke sequence? Bad karma?
> I've gotten pretty good at BBedit in my day, so I'm not daunted by
> configuration, but I don't want to (re-)learn unix or vm or whatever to
> understand this.
> And searching the list archine (http://macromates.com/community) isn't
> quickly, concisely yeilding the answer (in the first two pages of results
> for "how to use completion".
> Please answer this probably incredibly simple question, or point me to the
> tutuorial, thread, post or URL where the answer is found.
> Thanks,
> Ivy
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