< Text Editors >
SciTE is a Scintilla based text editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. The ConTeXt distribution includes files which can be used to configure SciTE for editing and building ConTeXt documents.
Installing SciTE for ConTeXt
Installing on Windows
The following procedure has been found to work, assuming that the current ConTeXt distribution is installed in the folder C:\tools\context.
- Download the SciTE Windows binaries from SciTEDownload to a suitable location on the target machine, e.g. C:\Tools\scite.
- Copy the contents of C:\tools\context\texmf-context\context\data\scite to C:\tools\scite\wscite.
- Create a batch file C:\Tools\scite\cscite.bat for use with SciTE. This runs setuptex.bat before launching SciTE. The contents of this batch file should be:
rem Use to start SciTE for ConTeXt @echo off c: cd \tools\context call setuptex cd \tools\scite\wscite start scite.exe %1%
- After initial installation, add the following to the SciTEGlobal.properties.
- Local settings are defined in SciTEUser.properties.
Building a ConTeXt document is as simple as opening it in the editor and pressing [F7].
Building using MKII
SciTE builds using MKIV by default, to change to MKII alter the file context.properties as follows: Replace the line
name.context.texexec=$(name.context.mtxrun) --script context $(name.texexec.flag.pdfopen)
with the line
name.context.texexec=$(name.context.mtxrun) --usekpse texexec $(name.texexec.flag.pdfopen)
The default behaviour for [Cntrl-2] is to open a PDF using GhostView, to get it to use Acrobat Reader, proceed as follows:
- Edit the file context.properties to include the line:
then edit the lines beginning "command.2" as follows:
command.2.$(file.patterns.context)=$(name.context.acrobat) $(FileDir)\$(FileName).pdf command.2.$(file.patterns.metafun)= command.2.$(file.patterns.example)=$(name.context.acrobat) $(FileDir)\$(FileName).pdf
- Make sure that the PATH environment variable includes the directory of the Acrobat executable (e.g. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader).
The spell checker can be configured as follows.
- First, construct a word list, which is just a file containing all the valid words in your language! For English, a suitable word list can be constructed from files at wordlist.sourceforge.net, e.g. concatenating all the files starting with english* and british* up to level 70 from the Scowl-6 group is one option.
- Copy this new file to a suitable location, e.g. C:\tools\spell\spell-uk.txt
- The automatic language detection does not seem to work, so edit scite-ctx.properties, replace the line:
with this one
- Add the environment variable CTXSPELLPATH and make it point to the location of the word lists (e.g. C:\tools\spell).
- Restart SciTE, open a .tex file and press [Cntrl-B] to spell check the file. New words can be added to the word list, but you need to restart SciTE after each change.