[TxMt] Latex Bundle grammar
cskiadas at gmail.com
Tue Sep 11 11:23:59 UTC 2007
On Sep 11, 2007, at 1:29 AM, Alain Matthes wrote:
> Le 11 sept. 07 à 03:11, Brad Miller a écrit :
>> Then I don't understand very well why all the part about "lstlisting"
>> "lstlisting" don't work with utf8 and why it is not possible to make
>> this work outside text.tex.latex ?
>> (perhaps it is not possible ?)
>> I suppose I am partially to blame for that, since I worked on the
>> grammar early on, and I do a lot with lstlisting in my writing.
>> Why is this a problem for you?
> No you are not to blame and I want to say that your work is fine
> and it's a real pleasure to work with TexTMate on LaTeX. But I now
> I've a little time to see what there is in the grammar and to make
> a theme for LaTeX.
> I know that "lstlisting" is sometimes very important for authors
> but we can say the same for a lot of packages.
> My english is poor so perhaps my question is difficult to understand :
> I would to know how is managed the bundle :
> There parts like
> now if I want to create an extension for that with
> grammar (keywords) for pgf/tikz or
> calc,ifthen,xkeyval ( for those who make packages)% i'm not sure of
> my english here !!
> pstricks etc...
> I would like to know if you have a method (project ??) and how to add
> grammar .
> I can make my personnal latex bundle but i would prefer to make
> something useful for every one (it's possible!)
> Regards Alain
Though I'm still not entirely sure what the question is, I'll try to
The LaTeX bundle contains the following grammars:
1) The TeX grammar contains items that should be valid in any system
based on TeX. (For instance a grammar for ConTeXt should probably be
including this grammar.)
2) The TeX Math grammar contains commands that are used in math mode.
It is included in other grammars whenever they have to enter math
mode. Typically one would create just a repository rule in a grammar
for something like that, instead of a brand new language, but we
needed to be able to call this grammar from lots of other grammars,
so we had to make it into a separate grammar.
3) The LaTeX grammar is the basic grammar. It includes the TeX
grammar and adds all the LaTeX specific stuff. In particular, it adds
the \[ ... \] and \( ... \) math modes, and hence needs direct access
to the TeX Math bundle, which it includes at those points. (This is
why we could not simply have TeX Math as a repository in the TeX
grammar, because then the LaTeX grammar couldn't call it.)
4) For specialized document classes, at this point in time, we simply
create a new grammar that includes the LaTeX grammar and adds its own
specific stuff. (This might become simpler/better in TM 2.0).
Examples of this are the Beamer and Memoir grammars.
5) For commands in particular packages, we typically would add those
to the LaTeX grammar. Just make the additions you want to the grammar
and send it to us, and we would add them. (Or consult with us on what
changes you think are needed.). So for adding specific package
commands, this is the option you should aim for.
6) For working on sty files however, ideally we would have a
different grammar. This grammar would include the LaTeX grammar in
it, and add all the stuff that package authors would need. So for a
"package authors" grammar, this is the option you should aim for.
Hope this helps you get started, please feel free to ask more
questions. The structure of the LaTeX bundle is admittedly not the
simplest in the world, and the vastness and free structure of LaTeX
is probably partly to blame.
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