# [Zim-wiki] Symbol insertion more conveniently?

Hello!

The symbol auto-insertion feature seems to depend on having a
whitespace before (and after) the text-to-be-replaced. Is there a way
to circumvent this?

E.g. I can write the formula
〈 α | H | ψ 〉
by typing
\lang \alpha | H | \psi \rang

However, if I want to write it as
〈α| H |ψ〉
then I have to add a good deal of cursor movement.

Is there some way to avoid this?

If not, would it be possible to implement an option to make \' start
sort of an "insertion mode"? I was thinking along the lines of Lyx in
Math mode:
- \ starts the insertion of a special character, in LyX even including
completion.
- The next space-press doesn't insert a whitespace but causes
insertion of the symbol.
- A literal \ is still available by typing \\.

For Zim, a literal space would implicitly still be available by
pressing space twice.

king regards, Yu

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