RE: EdSharp 2.3 released

  • From: "Ken Perry" <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 08:03:36 -0700

While I agree with you Matthew I would like to point out what Jamal is doing
mainly is exactly what we all should be doing.  Using stuff that is already
written to enhance the software we build.  Go Jamal.


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[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Matthew2007
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 6:58 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: EdSharp 2.3 released


In reality you're actually a group of freakin quadruplets, right?

How the heck do you get so much accomplished--You're an immensely productive


---- Original Message -----
From: "Jamal Mazrui" <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindmath@xxxxxxxxxx>; <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>;
<program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>;
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 6:44 AM
Subject: EdSharp 2.3 released

> Version 2.3
> Released October 8, 2007
> This version introduces a powerful scripting capability, strengthens 
> HTML snippets, and adds support for mathematical work with the LaTeX
> Fixes and enhancements are documented below.
> Jamal
> Fixed Indent, Outdent, Quote, Unquote, and Trim Blanks commands (Tab,
> Shift+Tab, Control+Q, Control+Shift+Q, and Control+Shift+Enter) 
> Shift+applying
> to the next line, not just current line, when there is no selection.
> Fixed the Reselect command (Control+Shift+F8) not remembering the last 
> result of the Complete Selection command (Shift+F8).  Fixed hot keys 
> causing errors in checked listboxes that should only apply in single 
> selection listboxes (e.g., Spacebar and Control+A).  Fixed the cursor 
> not being positioned according to the double caret (^^) when snippets 
> are processed.
> Enhanced Alt+F7 to look up information about a word or phrase from 
> three web sites:,, and  
> EdSharp prompts for a term, defaulting to the current chunk or 
> selected text.  The information retrieved is presented as structured 
> text in a new editing window.
> Enhanced the Explorer Folder (Alt+Backslash) and Command Prompt
> (Control+Backslash) commands to prompt for four possible folders to open:
> the EdSharp program folder, data folder, snippet folder, or folder 
> containing the current file.  Alt+Shift+V now opens a snippet file 
> rather than the snippet folder.
> Added a configuration option that sets a maximum limit on the number 
> of files shown in the list of recent files (Alt+R).  The default is 
> 30.  As before, a file opened from this list is automatically 
> converted to text if an import conversion exists for its extension.  
> The List Favorites command (Alt+L), however, now opens a file 
> verbatim, assuming that you had set it as a favorite to edit it literally,
e.g., a .htm file.
> Enhanced the bookmark capability to support multiple bookmarks (like 
> TextPal).  As before, press Control+K to set a bookmark.  If there is 
> a single bookmark, Alt+K goes to it.  If more than one, a list of 
> bookmarked lines is presented, with focus on the next one ahead of the 
> cursor position.  Thus you can sequentially visit bookmarks by 
> pressing Alt+K and Enter.  Control+Shift+K clears a bookmark at the 
> cursor position.  To clear all bookmarks at once, press 
> Control+Shift+L to remove the file from the list of favorites -- since 
> a bookmarked file is automatically considered a favorite.  If you want 
> to keep the favorite status without any bookmarks, then press Control+L to
set the file as a favorite again.
> Extended the import and export capability to support multiple target 
> formats.  If EdSharp finds more than one converter available for a 
> file extension, you are prompted which one to use.  This is 
> illustrated by explaining the pdf2ocr entry added to the Import section of
> It supports optical character recognition on image-based PDFs if the 
> free package is installed from 
> The configuration file assumes that it has been unzipped into a 
> directory called C:\PDF2OCR Since this large archive is not 
> distributed with EdSharp, the configuration entry is inactive by 
> default due to a semicolon (;) comment character at the start of the 
> line.  Use the Manual Options command
> (Alt+Shift+M) to delete the character and then save the revised 
> EdSharp.ini file (Control+S).  After doing so, EdSharp would offer two 
> choices when you specified a PDF with the Open Other Format command
> (Control+Shift+O):  pdf and pdf2ocr.  If a converter entry does not 
> contain the digit 2 and another extension, it is assumed to be .txt.
> Thus, you would then choose between the distributed converter for 
> text-based PDFs, and the manually installed one for image-based PDFs 
> via OCR.
> Added support for the LaTeX language (pronounced La Tech).  This is a 
> common language used for typesetting, especially for scientific 
> publications.  Sample LaTeX snippets, ending in a .tex extension, are 
> distributed with EdSharp.  You can convert from LaTeX to RTF and vice 
> versa.  To fully work with LaTeX, install the open source package for 
> Windows from
> With that installation, EdSharp's LaTeX compiler option lets you check 
> and correct syntax.  You can then export to PDF or XML -- in this 
> case, XHTML containing embedded MathML (math markup language for the 
> web).  If the resulting .xml file is opened in Internet Explorer with 
> a screen reader, sophisticated mathematical statements will be 
> intelligible when the free MathPlayer add-in has been installed from 
> Certain configuration options are now associated with the current 
> compiler rather than being global .  Specifically, favorites, 
> bookmarks, and user-defined tokens apply to the current compiler 
> (picked via
> Control+Shift+F5), so you can work with items more relevant to each 
> Control+Shift+coding
> project.  The new Reset Configuration command (Alt+Shift+0) lets you 
> easily remove custom settings and restore defaults of EdSharp.  This 
> command lets you choose whether to reset the main configuration, 
> current compiler configuration, or create a new compiler 
> configuration.  The New choice prompts for the compiler name, command 
> line, AbbreviateOutput, NavigatePart, and QuotePrefix settings.  A 
> compiler configuration file is stored in the EdSharp data folder in a 
> file having the compiler name and a .ini extension.  For example, if you
created settings for the "Delphi"
> compiler, EdSharp would create a Delphi entry in the Compilers section 
> of EdSharp.ini, and then store related favorites, bookmarks, and
> tokens in Delphi.ini.   The EdSharp data folder is typically named
> something like
> C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\EdSharp If 
> upgrading to EdSharp 2.3 from a previous version, pressing Alt+Shift+0 
> is recommended after installation, in order to start with a fresh set 
> of configuration values.
> Enhanced snippet capabilities in several ways.  The Paste Snippet 
> command
> (Alt+V) now lists snippets in the Default snippet folder, as well as 
> those in the folder associated with a Compiler being used.  This lets 
> you have a set of snippets that are available regardless of the 
> programming language in use.
> Changed the Paste Snippet command to show files with any extension, 
> not just .txt, thus letting an extension indicate the type of content 
> to be inserted.  EdSharp processes a snippet with a .js extension as 
> JScript .NET code to be evaluated.  Such a file can do almost anything 
> in EdSharp, as explained in the documentation below about EdSharp's 
> new scripting capability.  For example, the "ul from selected.js" file 
> generates an HTML unordered list from selected lines of text.  Made it 
> possible to repeat the same variable reference in a snippet, whereby 
> the user is prompted once for a value that is then used for multiple text
> The HTML snippet collection has been substantially improved by Jim 
> Homme, optimizing the available tags, attributes, and their ordering 
> to serve common needs in developing web sites.  HTML and PHP page 
> templates are also included.  New .txt and .js snippet files will be 
> installed when upgrading EdSharp.  Since the installer does not 
> replace snippets with the same names, however, you need to manually 
> clear the appropriate folder to get a fresh set of these snippets.  
> You can do this by pressing
> Control+Shift+F5, picking the HTML Tidy compiler, then pressing
> Alt+Backslash and choosing the snippet folder to open in Windows 
> Alt+Explorer
> (or FileDir).  From that window, press Control+A and Delete to remove 
> all files in the folder.
> An overview of the scripting capability follows:
> Almost the complete object model of the EdSharp application has been 
> exposed to add-in code in the JScript .NET language, explained at 
> JScript is a version of JavaScript with access to the huge library of 
> the .NET Framework.  In EdSharp, JScript code may be used in the 
> Evaluate Expression command (Control+Equals), Replace Tokens command 
> (Control+Shift+Equals), and Paste Snippet command (Alt+V).  
> Stand-alone JScript executables may also be created with the JScript 
> .NET compiler option if the .NET Framework 2.0 Software Development 
> Kit has been installed from 
> -4F47-A244-C96D69C35DEC&displaylang=ko
> Using the Compile command (Control+F5) is the best way to debug 
> JScript code even if you want to use it as an add-in rather than 
> stand-alone executable.  This is because the JScript compiler provides 
> error information that is not available when add-in code fails to 
> execute due to syntax errors.
> The EdSharp object model includes a hierarchy of classes corresponding 
> to the overall application, multiple document interface (MDI) frame, 
> MDI child windows, and RichTextBox (RTB) within each window.  
> Typically, a script will manipulate text in the current RTB control.  
> The Frame property of the App class refers to the single MDI frame.  
> The Child property of that frame object refers to the active MDI 
> child.  The RTB property of that child object refers to the current
editing control.
>  Thus, a JScript routine might start by creating one or more object 
> variables as follows:
> var frame = App.Frame
> var child = frame.Child
> var rtb = child.RTB
> By convention, .NET properties are initially capitalized, whereas 
> field and local variables are not.  Methods of the frame object can 
> invoke menu items, e.g., a new editing window could be created with 
> the following
> statement:
> frame.menuFileNew.PerformClick()
> Methods and properties of an RTB object are explained at 
> box_members(vs.80).aspx
> EdSharp also adds some methods and properties in its inherited version 
> of the RichTextBox class, e.g., the ReplaceRange method for replacing 
> text between two points in the current document.  Other EdSharp 
> classes provide convenient scripting methods, e.g., Dialog.Pick gets a 
> user choice from a listbox and Util.String2File saves a string of text to
a file on disk.
> I will document these classes further based on questions I receive.  
> At present, the best way to learn them is to examine code in sample 
> .js snippet files and the main EdSharp.cs program file, which 
> implement behavior you experience when running the application.  
> Although the .cs code is in the C# language, its syntax is similar to 
> JScript, and the names of classes, methods, and properties are the same.
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