using Smart Pairs while typing

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02 Mar, 2013 02:15 PM


I've got a question about how people use smart pairs while writing general text. Typically, when I am adding some text that needs to be in quotation marks, for example, I type the quotation mark key, then the text that needs to be between the marks, then type the quotation mark key again. With smart pairs, I don't need to type the last quotation mark key, but it seems I still need to press the "arrow-right" key to move the cursor outside of the quotation mark pair. I'm not sure how this is more efficient, as it's just trading one key (quotation mark) for another (right arrow).

I'm wondering if most people who use smart pairs add these symbols after the text has been written? i.e., you type the words, then select the text and type the quotation mark key to surround the selected text with quotation marks.

Am I totally missing something about how these work or the best practices for using them? They seem like they could be more efficient, but I'm not sure I'm getting it yet.


PS: Thanks for developing this app Fletcher! The persistent TOC is so useful to me when working with longer documents and the ability to drag/drop sections is just icing on the cake. Really phenomenal.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 02 Mar, 2013 08:50 PM

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    Thanks for your comments.

    You're correct that if you want to keep typing "after" the smart pairs, you still have to do something to indicate that you are done. In this case you can either right-arrow or "type over" the closing character --- you may or may not save time in this situation.

    Where they are really helpful is when "wrapping" pre-existing text in a character pair --- simply select and type the opening character, and you're done.

    And if you decide that you don't like smart pairs, you can always turn them off. I find, however, that I get annoyed when using an app that doesn't support them... (such as that I'm using right now... ;)


  2. Fletcher closed this discussion on 07 Apr, 2013 02:40 AM.

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