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 1<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"><title>Abbreviations</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="source-edit.html" title="Chapter 6. Editing Source Code"><link rel="previous" href="bracket-matching.html" title="Bracket Matching"><link rel="next" href="folding.html" title="Folding"></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">Abbreviations</th></tr><tr><td width="20%" align="left"><a accesskey="p" href="bracket-matching.html">Prev</a> </td><th width="60%" align="center">Chapter 6. Editing Source Code</th><td width="20%" align="right"> <a accesskey="n" href="folding.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="abbrevs"></a>Abbreviations</h2></div></div><div></div></div><p>
 2   Using abbreviations reduces the time spent typing long but commonly used
 3   strings. For example, in Java mode, the abbreviation &#8220;<span class="quote">sout</span>&#8221; is
 4   defined to expand to &#8220;<span class="quote">System.out.println()</span>&#8221;, so to insert
 5   &#8220;<span class="quote">System.out.println()</span>&#8221; in a Java buffer, you only need to type
 6   &#8220;<span class="quote">sout</span>&#8221; followed by <tt class="keycap">C+;</tt>.
 7   An abbreviation can either be global, in which case it can be used in all
 8   edit modes, or specific to a single mode.
 9  </p><p>
10   Abbreviations can be edited in the <span><b class="guibutton">Abbreviations</b></span> pane of the
11   <span><b class="guimenu">Utilities</b></span>&gt;<span><b class="guimenuitem">Global Options</b></span>
12   dialog box; see <a href="global-opts.html#abbrevs-pane" title="The Abbreviations Pane">the section called &#8220;The Abbreviations Pane&#8221;</a>. The Java, VHDL. XML and XSL edit
13   modes include some pre-defined abbreviations you might find useful. Other
14   modes do not have any abbreviations defined by default.
15  </p><p>
16   <span><b class="guimenu">Edit</b></span>&gt;<span><b class="guimenuitem">Expand Abbreviation</b></span>
17   (keyboard shortcut: <tt class="keycap">C+;</tt>)
18   attempts to expand the abbreviation named by the word before the caret.
19   If no expansion could be found, it will offer to define one.
20  </p><p>
21   Automatic abbreviation expansion can be enabled in the
22   <span><b class="guibutton">Abbreviations</b></span> pane of the
23   <span><b class="guimenu">Utilities</b></span>&gt;<span><b class="guimenuitem">Global Options</b></span>
24   dialog box. If enabled, pressing the
25   space bar after entering an
26   abbreviation will automatically expand it.
27  </p><p>
28   If automatic expansion
29   is enabled, a space can be inserted without expanding the word before
30   the caret by pressing
31   <tt class="keycap">Control</tt>-<tt class="keycap">E</tt>
32   <tt class="keycap">V</tt> <tt class="keycap">Space</tt>.
33  </p><div class="sect2" lang="en"><div class="titlepage"><div><div><h3 class="title"><a name="positional-params"></a>Positional Parameters</h3></div></div><div></div></div><p>
34    Positional parameters are an advanced feature that make abbreviations much
35    more useful. The best way to describe them is with an example.
36   </p><p>
37    Java mode defines an abbreviation &#8220;<span class="quote">F</span>&#8221; that is set to expand to
38    the following:
39   </p><table border="0" bgcolor="#E0E0E0"><tr><td><pre class="programlisting">for(int $1 = 0; $1 &lt; $2; $1++)</pre></td></tr></table><p>
40    Expanding <tt class="literal">F#j#array.length#</tt> will insert the following
41    text into the buffer:
42   </p><table border="0" bgcolor="#E0E0E0"><tr><td><pre class="programlisting">for(int j = 0; j &lt; array.length; j++)</pre></td></tr></table><p>
43    Expansions can contain up to nine positional parameters. Note that a
44    trailing hash character (&#8220;<span class="quote">#</span>&#8221;) must be entered when expanding an
45    abbreviation with parameters.
46   </p><p>
47    If you do not specify the correct number of positional parameters when
48    expanding an abbreviation, any missing parameters will be
49    blank in the expansion, and extra parameters will be ignored.
50    A status bar message will be shown stating
51    the required number of parameters.
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