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LyX-internal Slang and Terminology

§1.  Someone talked about an lfun, what is that?

It's an abbreviation of LyX function. Lfuns are used internally by LyX (the internal parts of LyX use those functions to communicate), it can be used by external programs (such as JabRef) to communicate with LyX (e.g. to insert a citation from an external bibliography manager), but you can also insert them yourself via the minibuffer.

See this site for more information.

§2.  What is the minibuffer?

The minibuffer is a small input widget that is sometimes visible at the bottom of the LyX main window (you can open and close it with Alt+X).

The minibuffer is an expert tool to directly pass LyX Functions (lfuns) to LyX, which might be faster than using dialogs, provided that you know the functions.

See this site for more information.

§3.  What is ERT?

The acronym ERT (Evil Red Text) refers to raw LaTeX commands inserted into the body of your LyX document. In historical versions of LyX, ERT appeared in the user interface alongside regular text as red characters.

"ERT" was coined on the developers mailing list by Larry Marso, who advocated an embedded raw LaTeX inset to hide raw LaTeX, and thus, to present a cleaner LyX user interface for complex documents. (see "A Brief History of ERT", LDN, March 15, 2000).

Recent LyX version have a so-called ERT inset, also known as TeX Mode. This is the inset you use if you need/want to insert native (La)TeX commands (via Insert→TeX Code). You might notice that this object in fact still displays "ERT" on its label as long as it has no content.

Especially the old-timers often simply speak of "ERT" when they mean raw LaTeX.

See ERT for more information.

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