|Bookmarking through macros
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|Author:||js [ 2007-06-15 00:58:00 ]|
|Post subject:||Bookmarking through macros|
I am still wondering, in beta 2, that you cannot bookmark the insertion point.
Within a macro you often want to start some process from the insertion point and afterwards get back there. You could do this with the bookmark function, like
This does not properly work under 3 conditions:
1) if the starting point is just the insertion point rather than an actual selection
2) starting with an non-contiguous selection
3) if the selection is within a text that is already bookmarked. (In spite of giving a clear unambiguous instruction which bookmark you want to delete, you are asked by the program which one it should be: the inner or the outer. I think this is less than perfect.
As to 1) I don't get the Nisus point of view either. What is so difficult to make a selection zero characters wide.
And as to 2) If non-contiguous selections cannot be handled why not consider the first chunk only in this case.
I tried to handle these problems with the new additions to beta 2, (selection insertion and selection length) and it works, but this is unexpectedly slower than with bookmarks.
A last point on the same subject: I think it would be extremely helpful if giving a new bookmark the name of an old bookmark would replace the old by the new. Lets say I work in a long document and I arrive at a point which I bookmark as "I_am_here_now", then a macro doing this could be applied along with the progress of the work.
|Author:||martin [ 2007-06-15 12:57:38 ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Bookmarking through macros|
Correct, you cannot have an empty bookmark (eg: zero characters). Honestly I don't see any situation where adding, selecting, and finally removing a bookmark would be faster than the following:
Bookmarks are much heavier than a few selection reads/writes.
I will file a feature request that the Remove Bookmark command accept a parameter that specifies the bookmark name.
|Author:||mountainman [ 2007-07-04 22:11:48 ]|
I too noticed that you cannot bookmark an insertion point (Nisus Writer Classic could do this). I wanted a macro to use when editing long files. What happens is that frequently I think of something I should check the whole file for, and stop editing to do it. But in a long file it's not easy to find your way back to where you were. So I wrote a macro to do this. Maybe all or part of this will be useful for others, so I'll post it here.
$exists = Select Bookmark “Goback”
if $exists == 0
Find “.”, “Er”
Bookmark As “Goback”
This looks for a bookmark called Goback. If not found, it sets a bookmark (I chose the previous character arbitrarily). If found, it deletes the bookmark, and you end up with the cursor back at the original location.
|Author:||Derick [ 2007-07-10 19:08:23 ]|
I've set up a pair of macros to emulate the Quickmark behavior in WordPerfect (previously discussed here: http://www.nisus.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2387)
1) Set Quickmark -- consisting of the following two lines:
Find “.”, “Er”
Bookmark As “Quickmark"
2) Goto Quickmark -- consisting of the following two lines:
Select Bookmark “Quickmark”
Scroll to Selection
After trying mountainman's single / toggle macro, I decided I was more comfortable with separate Set and Goto macros.
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