RE: EdSharp 2.3 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 13:12:33 -0400 (EDT)

Thanks, guys -- it may be related to obsessive compulsive disorder!
Jamal
On Mon,
8 Oct 2007, Ken Perry wrote:

> Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 08:03:36 -0700
> From: Ken Perry <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: EdSharp 2.3 released
>
>
>
> 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.
>
> Ken
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [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
>
> Jamal,
>
> 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
> individual.
>
> Matthew
>
> ---- Original Message -----
> From: "Jamal Mazrui" <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <blindmath@xxxxxxxxxx>; <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>;
> <program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>;
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> Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 6:44 AM
> Subject: EdSharp 2.3 released
>
>
> > http://www.EmpowermentZone.com/edsetup.exe
> >
> > 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
> language.
> > 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:  dictionary.com, thesaurus.com, and wikipedia.org.
> > 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
> EdSharp.ini.
> > It supports optical character recognition on image-based PDFs if the
> > free pdf2ocr.zip package is installed from
> > http://www.EmpowermentZone.com/pdf2ocr.zip
> >
> > 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 http://www.miktex.org
> >
> > 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
> > http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/download.htm
> >
> > 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
> user-defined
> > 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
> insertions.
> >
> > 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
> > http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/t895bwkh(VS.80).aspx
> >
> > 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
> > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=FE6F2099-B7B4
> > -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
> > http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.forms.richtext
> > 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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