Y’know what I’ve always wanted? At least since I’ve been a computer-playin’ and -workin’ fool? I want the ability to have at least two character strings stored to paste quickly into a document. You get one via control-v (or Apple-V if you’re on a Mac), but I want two. Especially today, when I’m correcting a book about boats* and none of the italics was keyed into the original file, and it takes an “on” tag and an “off” tag to do italics. It would be great if I could control-c ‘<emphasis n=”1″>’ to paste with control-v, and, I dunno, control-um, er… ok I see the problem, but… maybe shift-control-c for the ‘</emphasis>’ tag?
I’ve needed this for years in all sorts of programs. Did it ever get implemented anywhere? What have programmers been doing, anyway?
*Captains Courageous, if you’re curious. Large print edition. And yes, no one was clearly thinking when they decided the on-italic tag should be 14 characters not including angle brackets.