FasTeX is a system of keyboard shortcuts for speeding up the typing of TEX from the keyboard. It replaces any keyboard shortcut by the equivalent TEX command or group of commands in LaTEX or AMS-LaTEX. The use of FasTeX can speed up the typical user's typing input by a factor of about 3. This speed up is achieved by not only faster inputting, but through the fact that it avoids simple typing errors.
This version of FasTeX, known as "FasTeX for WinEdt", favors only LaTEX (AMS-LaTEX) commands, there are no shortcuts for Plain TEX and AMS-TEX (unlike the original FasTeX for Mac and UNIX). This is, as far as I know, the first port of FasTeX to Windows. All shortcuts (around 1550) are implemented as WinEdt v6 Active Strings, this was made possible only now with the advent of WinEdt v6 since previous versions had a limit of 999 maximum active strings.
FasTeX does not conflict with normal English usage; however, versions of FasTeX suitable for foreign languages would require the replacement of certain shortcut names. To avoid language conflicts, FasTeX for WinEdt uses space bar twice to expand all shortcuts, for example:
beq xph lxa ox eq intu l0 hx fu fot fof xa sq pl xh2 eb spdt eeqIf you typeset only in English you can (probably) change the trigger key to a single space bar inside FasTeX.ini and then load the changed script.
For WinEdt 6
Remember that %b usually maps to something like this:
C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\WinEdt Team\WinEdt 6
and %B maps to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\WinEdt Team\WinEdt 6
For WinEdt 7 and above
Open the macro file Install.edt in WinEdt, and execute it by choosing Macros | Execute Current Macro.
To uninstall, open the macro file Uninstall.edt in WinEdt (also available in %b\Uninstall\FasTeX folder), and then execute it by choosing Macros | Execute Current Macro.
For WinEdt 6.0: LaTeX/FasTeX_6.zip
For WinEdt 7.x: LaTeX/FasTeX_7.zip
For WinEdt 8.x, 9.x: LaTeX/FasTeX_8.zip
The zip files also include further documentation:
The original FasTeX is available for the Macintosh and UNIX from: http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~fastex/.
Full docs are available at: http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~fastex/fastex_docs.html.
Macro contributed by Bernhard Enders <bgenetogmail.com>