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Re: What should Mma be?
"Dr. Stefan P. Mueller" writes: > I also want to support the view that Mma ought to be a sophisticated > mathematical tool rather than a presentationn system. Invest in > improvements and validation of the math algorithms. Improving math algorithms and presentation are not mutually exclusive goals. As a matter of fact, they require different skills and talent. I don't think it is fair that you and others advacating one over the other on this forum because you don't use presentation feature very much. We use mma because it makes us more productive. Algorithms and presentation functions all improve our productivity and therefore should both be improved. Judging by the graph questions raised on this forum, there is a pressing need for mma to add more presentation features. It should not be too difficult for WRI to do, and a lot of users can benefit. Unless you can leave the presentation part to others. It is true that there are many presentation programs on the market. But they all suck when it comes to presenting math. Before the minimalists can justify their assertion, they should tell the rest of us which presentation program can do the job (presentation), and do so with minimum fuss. I am very doubtful they can. Jingbin Cao