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  • math \varepsilon \epsilon \sigma \varphi \phi \tau

mind map from Yin Wang

basic usage

typing text

  1. usually, just type
  2. type math formulas
    • Type $ same key as in TeX
    • Now you can just type TeX commands
      • \sum
      • Except that you press enter key after each command, it will fill in a TeX quality formula immediately.
      • Now you can add more things in-place
        1. press _i=0
        2. press right arrow key to get out of subscript, then press ^n
        3. I guess you get it, now finish it
        4. As easy as TeX, oh no, a lot easier!
  3. typing more cleverly
    • intuitive ligatures(in math mode)
      • type -> (type - and immediately followed by >) press Tab
      • type =>
      • type =/
      • type =>/
      • type >= press Tab
    • cycle through “related similar math symbols”
      • press Tab immediately after entering a symbol in math mode
      • repeat pressing Tab will show more options
      • eventually cycle back to the first symbol
  4. create structures(ways to do this)
    1. keyboard shortcuts
      • fastest way
      • hard to remember
      • so, just remember a few extremely useful ones
    2. menu options
      • slowest way
      • not too hard to find
      • if you go to the menu many times to find the same thing, maybe it’s better to memorize a hotkey for it?
    3. Toolbox buttons
      • faster than menus
      • good for frequently used functions
    4. backslash commands (like TeX)
      • example \section \sum
      • relatively fast
      • still need to remember them
      • but not as hard as keyboards shortcuts
    5. context menus (new in version 1.7)
      • example
      • only display options relevant to current “mode” and cursor position
      • why is it good idea?
        • I see the object…
        • … show me what I can do about it!
        • I don’t care about other objects
  5. delete structures
    1. to see: the status bar shows the surrounding context of the cursor
    2. to do: you can delete the innermost tag
      • keyboard shortcut
        • Windows/Linux Ctrl-backspace
        • Mac Option-backspace
      • context menu
      • the effect is immediate
  6. switch structures (ways to do this)
    1. keyboard
      • keys
        • Windows/Linux Ctrl-Tab
        • Mac Option-Tab
      • examples
        • switch math from/to display: vary useful because you can immediately compare which style is better
        • cycle through other structures
          • different styles of enumerations
          • different font style
            • em
            • underline
            • strong
          • different levels of document structures
            • chapter
            • section
            • subsection
            • paragraph
    2. context menu
  7. navigate through structures
    1. keys
      • Windows/Linux Ctrl-PgUp Ctrl-PgDn
      • Mac Option-PgUp Option-PgDn
    2. context menu

creating tables/matrices

  1. start a table
    • How often do I type a table to warrant remembering a hotkey
    • I usually just use a toolbox item
    • Or, if you are TeXnician, type \tabular and hit return
    • result: an empty table
  2. create cells
    • just type in the first cell
    • Add column/row
      • Windows/Linux Alt+some arrow key
      • Mac ctrl+some arrow key
      • result
    • need border?
      • press our old friend “structure cycle” key
      • until you see
  3. create a matrix
    • get in math mode with $, type \matrix and return
    • The rest is the same as a table
  4. create something like this? (equation set)
    • Hint { \tabular
    • how about this? (vector)


  5. insert -> big/small figure ;then insert image image size and positon are controled by px


  1. use bibtex, {\cite chen2014}

    @article{chen2014, title={AN IMPROVED ANALYTICAL METHOD FOR RESTRAINED RC STRUCTURES SUBJECTED TO STATIC AND DYNAMIC LOADS}, author={CHEN, LI and FANG, QIN and GUO, ZHIKUN and LIU, JINCHUN}, journal={International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics}, volume={14}, number={01}, year={2014}, publisher={World Scientific Publishing Company} }

Use style files

create and use macros

  • definition: in any document, use \assign to enter an assignment, and assign a \macro definition to a name
    • this equal to Scheme code:

      (define hi (lambda () “Hello World”))

      • \assign == define
      • \macro == lambda
    • in idiotic slow motion

      • type \assign
      • press return
      • enter hi as macro name
      • Use right arrow key to go the field on the right
      • type \macro
      • press return
      • Enter Hello World
      • Press return until the <assign …> disappear
  • invocation
    • type \hi.
    • you should see “Hello world” appear on screen
    • this is equivalent to a function call in Scheme (hi)
  • Macro with arguments
    • just type a argument name after you see <macro|..>. press Tab key and it will open another slot where you can enter the body of the macro
    • to reference the argument in macro body, use backslash commands like \name
      • this is equivalent to Scheme code …
      • there is a keyboard shortcut for this, but I think there are too many keys to remember. I would just type it.
    • to invoke the macro, use backslash commands \hello
      • the cursor will be put at the argument position after hitting return, waiting for the argument name.

        create a style file

            1. create a new file
            2. enter the macro definitions as in the earlier instructions
            3. save the file to `$HOME/.TeXmacs/styles` with extension `.ts`,  for example `mystyle.ts`
            4. if you want to see the macro definitions (instead of letting  them disappear after you hit enter, choose:  `Document->Style->source`) ### use a style file
            1. Once you save your style file, "mystyle" should immediately  appear in the menu `Document->Style`
            2. To use it, just open a new file, and choose "mystyle"   as the style. ### What is cool about this?
            1. The definition and use are fully visual!
    • I can define my macro in a fully visual way …
      • Notice that the macro body is in TeX-quality as you define it
    • And use it in a fully visual way …
      • After enter \seq and press enter
      • I get
        • notice that the cursor is at “argument position”, waiting for an argument
      • As I type the argument “a”, I instantly get …
        • Notice that “a” appears in both position simultaneously
        • … and in TeX quality !!
      • I I want to change the argument, I just delete “a” and type something else …
        • the result instantly change
    • Another example 2. Instant change
    • When style files are changed, the files which uses this style instantly change in another window

      What is not so cool (yet)?

      The way macros are defined is not very convenient yet, needs some improvement

Published 2015-06-17 00:00:00 +0800