TextMate Tip

I got really caught out today. I needed to get some code samples from TextMate into Keynote. Cut’n’paste didn’t copy across the colours correctly. Kind of to be expected, since TextMate is a plain text editor, not a rich text editor.

After having a quick hunt around, I found the “Create HTML from Selection” command, which looked like just the ticket. Except that it produced HTML with lots of classes and no CSS (i.e. losing all the style). I played with it a bit, and the “Create CSS from Current Theme” command, all to no avail.

Eventually, I hopped onto irc and wandered into ##textmate on freenode.net. After a brief chat with several people whilst I explained my problem (badly), Allan Odgaard (textmate’s author) noticed that I had the selection enabled. Getting rid of the selection makes a new command appear, “Create HTML from Document”. And that loads into Safari just fine, from where it can be correctly cut’n’pasted into Keynote. Marvellous!

But more than anything, I can’t help but be impressed by the support that Allan offers. This was the middle of Sunday afternoon, and he personally answered my query to completion within 10 minutes. All I can say is that TextMate is well worth the money.

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