Command Reference

Kay C Lan lan.kc.macmail at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 00:18:19 EDT 2006


On 9/22/06, Luis <luis at anachreon.co.uk> wrote:
>
> Not sure of it now!... I'm still not up on XML.


Here's something you might like to try before going down that path.

First, I'm sure you are aware that you can sort the columns of the Rev Doc -
Dictionary. When you initially open the Dictionary it has all the keywords
listed alphabetically. If you click on "Type" it will sort them all by Type
- keeping the keywords in alphabetical order. Clicking on 'Type' again will
reverse the order. Unfortunately this doesn't work for the "Platforms"
column, I'm not sure what the problem is there, but one thing that will be a
problem if you go down this path is for some reason there are occasional
instances of commas appearing between the little icons.

What you may not know is that if you use Cntrl Click (on a Mac) on the
column headers you can add or delete columns - Synonyms is a handy one. So
you can go ahead and set up the columns that are of interest and then sort
them in the desired order.

Type this into the message box:

put field "data" of stack "revDocs"

You will end up with the total contents in the order you wanted.
Unfortunately, if Platform is important to you, this column will be left
blank.

To get around this, type this in the message box:

put htmlText of field "data" of stack "revDocs"

You will end up with the same data but with an abundant sprinkling of html
tags. On the Mac I'd suggest the free TextWrangler from BareBones to clean
this up. A quick find and replace:

<img src="210063"> is the MacOS icon
<img src="210062"> is the OSX icon
<img src="210061"> is the Windows icon
<img src="210060"> is the Linux icon

I've just discovered that these number are also used, which I guess is why
the sorting by platform is incorrect, but once 'replaced' you should be able
to do your own platform sort once you also removed some of the extraneous
commas that appear in this column.

<img src="204117"> is the MacOS icon
<img src="204123"> is the OSX icon
<img src="204121"> is the Windows icon
<img src="204119"> is the Linux icon

>From there is should be pretty simple to clean out the rest of the html
tags.

With this approach you could create several documents, one all Keywords in
alphabetical order, one in Type order, one for buttons only, one for fields
only, etc etc; or one document with several chapters, the Keyword chapter,
the Type chapter etc etc. I'd save them as pdf to take advantage of the
search facility.

Unfortunately I can't see how you'd get all the maths, text, graphic related
functions together, alas we lost that ability when we moved to the 2.7.x doc
format.

HTH



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