Flexible text fields

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at lyx.org
Sat Jun 27 15:34:58 UTC 2020

On 6/26/20 3:20 PM, Daniel wrote:
> On 2020-06-26 17:49, Richard Kimberly Heck wrote:
>> On 6/26/20 3:35 AM, Jürgen Spitzmüller wrote:
>>> Am Freitag, den 26.06.2020, 09:25 +0200 schrieb Jürgen Spitzmüller:
>>>> Am Freitag, den 26.06.2020, 07:40 +0200 schrieb Daniel:
>>>>> The upcoming flexible text fields sound very interesting to me
>>>>> (https://wiki.lyx.org/LyX/NewInLyX24#textfields). Is it possible
>>>>> to
>>>>> create an arbitrary custom text with it that can be re-used in
>>>>> sentences all over the document?
>>>> No.
>>> What you are referring to is a long-standing feature request (and I
>>> would love to use it myself). I am not sure it fits into the text field
>>> infrastructure (which is more like context-dependent information such
>>> as date, file name, author name etc.), but probably more into something
>>> you could call "text macros" in analogy to "math macros":
>>> https://www.lyx.org/trac/ticket/1704
>> I dream about this one every once in a while but am not sure I am up to
>> the challenge. I keep thinking there must be some way to adapt the math
>> macro infrastructure to do it, though.
>> Riki
> I guess a problem with the macro infrastructure is that it relies on
> defining a LaTeX command. But in contrast to LyX's math mode, its text
> mode does not understand LaTeX commands. 

Well, the point would be to change that, so you could have 'text insets'
that work like math insets. Then you could do the kind of thing you
mention, but also have more complex macros.


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