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 1<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"><title>Use of the Macro</title><meta name="generator" content="DocBook XSL Stylesheets V1.65.1"><link rel="home" href="index.html" title="jEdit 4.2 User's Guide"><link rel="up" href="dialog-macro.html" title="Chapter 14. A Dialog-Based Macro"><link rel="previous" href="dialog-macro.html" title="Chapter 14. A Dialog-Based Macro"><link rel="next" href="add-prefix-and-suffix.html" title="Listing of the Macro"></head><body bgcolor="white" text="black" link="#0000FF" vlink="#840084" alink="#0000FF"><div class="navheader"><table width="100%" summary="Navigation header"><tr><th colspan="3" align="center">Use of the Macro</th></tr><tr><td width="20%" align="left"><a accesskey="p" href="dialog-macro.html">Prev</a> </td><th width="60%" align="center">Chapter 14. A Dialog-Based Macro</th><td width="20%" align="right"> <a accesskey="n" href="add-prefix-and-suffix.html">Next</a></td></tr></table><hr></div><div class="sect1" lang="en"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h2 class="title" style="clear: both"><a name="dialog-macro-intro"></a>Use of the Macro</h2></div></div><div></div></div><p>
 2    Our new example adds prefix and suffix text to a series of selected lines. This
 3    macro can be used to reduce typing for a series of text items that must be
 4    preceded and following by identical text. In Java, for example, if we are
 5    interested in making a series of calls to
 6    <tt class="function">StringBuffer.append()</tt> to construct a lengthy, formatted
 7    string, we could type the parameter for each call on successive lines as follows:
 8  </p><table border="0" bgcolor="#E0E0E0"><tr><td><pre class="screen">profileString_1
 9secretThing.toString()
10name
11address
12addressSupp
13city
14&#8220;<span class="quote">state/province</span>&#8221;
15country</pre></td></tr></table><p>
16    Our macro would ask for input for the common &#8220;<span class="quote">prefix</span>&#8221; and
17    &#8220;<span class="quote">suffix</span>&#8221; to be applied to each line; in this case, the prefix is
18    <b class="userinput"><tt>ourStringBuffer.append(</tt></b> and the suffix is
19    <b class="userinput"><tt>);</tt></b>. After selecting these lines and
20    running the macro, the resulting text would look like this:
21   </p><table border="0" bgcolor="#E0E0E0"><tr><td><pre class="screen">ourStringBuffer.append(profileString_1);
22ourStringBuffer.append(secretThing.toString());
23ourStringBuffer.append(name);
24ourStringBuffer.append(address);
25ourStringBuffer.append(addressSupp);
26ourStringBuffer.append(city);
27ourStringBuffer.append(&#8220;<span class="quote">state/province</span>&#8221;);
28ourStringBuffer.append(country);</pre></td></tr></table></div><div class="navfooter"><hr><table width="100%" summary="Navigation footer"><tr><td width="40%" align="left"><a accesskey="p" href="dialog-macro.html">Prev</a> </td><td width="20%" align="center"><a accesskey="u" href="dialog-macro.html">Up</a></td><td width="40%" align="right"> <a accesskey="n" href="add-prefix-and-suffix.html">Next</a></td></tr><tr><td width="40%" align="left" valign="top">Chapter 14. A Dialog-Based Macro </td><td width="20%" align="center"><a accesskey="h" href="index.html">Home</a></td><td width="40%" align="right" valign="top"> Listing of the Macro</td></tr></table></div></body></html>