[OpenSCAD] Abbreviations

buttim maurizio.butti at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 09:50:01 EDT 2016

I wouldn't define CTRL+B as a bizarre shortcut. Not more than the standard
copy CTRL+C and surely less than CTRL+SHIFT+F that OpenSCAD already uses
for replace. The expansion is actually accessible via the menu (which lists
the shortcut so that one can learn it for the next time).
Il will become even less bizarre since 90%+ of the constructs are
expandable that way; hence a very frequent use of the shortcut.
In terms of speed the right comparison is for cube([]);<left><left>left>
(not 6 keystrokes but 12). And it is even more evident for intersection (2
keystrokes against 20+).
I chose the keystroke because Scite already uses the same. ESC would be
nice but seems a bit nonstandard/dangerous to me. A timeout would be
definitely not desirable for most users  I'm afraid.
A possible alternative would be the combo CTRL+SPACE, which some editors
use for keyword completion. But it still is as "complex" as the current one
(although the space key is bigger and therefore easier to hit).
The occasional OpenSCAD users probably won't gain anything from
abbreviations, but people who spend a few hours with the editor would
probably benefit.

On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 3:31 PM, jon_bondy [via OpenSCAD] <
ml-node+s1091067n17592h27 at n5.nabble.com> wrote:

> I can type "cube([" faster than I can type "c" and then some bizarre key
> combination.  I am pleased that this feels like progress to some of you,
> but for me, it is just awkward.  I am not a complex-shortcut-key kind of
> a guy (but recognize that many of you are).  So.  Are there other
> options, such as a simpler key (like <escape>) or a delay?
> Thanks for listening!
> Jon
> On 6/8/2016 8:43 AM, Torsten Paul wrote:
> > Yes, I agree the feature would be nice to have. It's not so
> > much about the language changing, but about the possibility
> > to enable/disable it (basically https://xkcd.com/1172/) and
> > give the option for power users to extend this by editing the
> > config file (I don't think there's a huge chance of getting
> > this easily configurable anytime soon).
> > The infrastructure for that is mostly there and already used
> > to configure the editor and render color schemes.
> >
> > ciao,
> >    Torsten.
> >
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