March 2, 2006 at 11:12 AM by Dr. Drang
I have a typing problem: my pinkies tend to lift off the Shift key before I hit the key I want to capitalize. I usually recognize the problem a few keystrokes away from the mistakenly-uncapitalized letter, and have to back up to capitalize it. (I will not do as many Internet writers do and leave things uncapitalized--I am not e.e. cummings or archy the cockroach.)
So with every text editor that I plan to use as my “permanent” editor (i.e., one that I expect to use for more than a few weeks--I am quite promiscuous with text editors) I figure out a single-keystroke way to capitalize the word I am currently typing. I’ve done it with NEdit, Emacs, Vim, BBEdit, and the time has come to do it for TextMate. Here are the keystrokes for the macro:
- Option-Shift-Leftarrow. This selects the word or partial word to the left of the caret.
- Control-Option-U. This is the keystroke equivalent of TextMate’s Text:Convert:to Titlecase menu command, which capitalizes the first letter of the selection. (The behavior of this command is much richer than I have described, but this is what it does when a single word is selected.)
- Rightarrow. This puts the caret at end of the selection and deselects, which puts me right where I was before invoking the command.
I recorded these keystrokes ( Automation:Start Macro Recording ) and saved the macro as “Capitalize” in the Text bundle (see update below).
It’s often difficult to decide on the appropriate keystroke for new commands like this. Control-C seems like a good choice, but I’m trying to limit my use of the Control key because I’m often working on an iBook, and I get the Control and Function keys mixed up. Also, this is such a common command for me, I want invoking it to be as simple as possible. So I chose F4 for the Key Equivalent. This may conflict with another bundle’s F4, but it’s been working so far.
Update: I just did this for my laptop and found that there was no “Text” bundle, instead there was a “Text Utilities” bundle. Not a big deal, but I can’t figure out how I saw it as just “Text.”