From a comment exchange under a closed question:

I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the issue it raises is not a Mathematica issue but a mathematical one. That it is formulated in terms of Mathematica is not sufficient to make it an appropriate question for Mathematica.SE. – m_goldberg

@m_goldberg do you have a script for this particular standard comment of yours? – LLlAMnYP

@LLlAMnYP. Yes, and for several others as well. – m_goldberg

... further enquiries which did not satisfy my interest ...

If one looks around here on meta, he can find this accepted answer for a tool that converts stuff like \[Alpha] to the appropriate unicode character.

There is a strong demand for standard greeting comments and/or responses, as exemplified by these two threads.

I would have thought that by following the links in this question I would have found a relevant link to the script used by @m_goldberg, but I was to be disappointed:

@LLlAMnYP. I do use a publicly available tool. It is called BBEdit and is commercially available for OS X. But since it is not a tool I created, I can't make it available to others. – m_goldberg

So my question is:
Is there a convenient, easy to use tool, like the Greasemonkey script for unicode characters, but to insert standard comments, or is everybody using good old Copy-Paste?

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    Autohotkey can be used to define hotstrings: you type in the short hotstring (e.g. canned1 or whatever) and it is immediately replaced by the full comment text. Autohotkey is super easy to setup and use, its free and it is open source. Commented Jul 5, 2016 at 16:05
  • @IstvánZachar Looking at its feature, this seems to be a potential answer.
    – LLlAMnYP
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 8:30

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It appears that I misunderstood your comments. I thought you were asking me how I generated and managed the set of closing comments that I use repeatedly. I have a commercial tool that let's me choose one of these comments from a menu and then places the chosen comment onto my system's clipboard. From there I just paste into the closing dialog.

I also thought that you wanted me to make my canned comments available to others so they could use them. I seem to be mistaken about that too.

I am sorry I provoked you into what seems a futile effort. I say "futile" because I know of no tool such as you describe in your question.

  • Your canned comments are useful and would be good contributions to the linked questions. As for futility, I would think it's conceivable that someone of the many members has a more open-sourced solution.
    – LLlAMnYP
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 12:54
  • @LLlAMnYP. I hope you are right that someone else can give a solution. But I am pessimistic about your chances, which is why I wrote "seems futile".
    – m_goldberg
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 12:59

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