Re: What should Mma be?
- To: mathgroup <mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu>
- Subject: Re: What should Mma be?
- From: HAY at leicester.ac.uk
- Date: Tue, 24 NOV 92 21:34:23 GMT
I have a different viewpoint from Warren Wiscombe and several other correspondents on this matter. I agree that the mathematical capabilities of Mma need to be improved but for me as a teacher improving the Notebook front end is very important. I need it to be as convenient as possible for myself, my colleagues and my students to communicate effectively and to do math. At the moment I would rate the provision of proper math output and math typing facilities as more important than graphics labels; and manipulation of formulae, often a frustrating and time-consuming part of my work, could also benefit from improved interfacing. These are not frills but real day-to-day working aids that can affect not just how well I can teach but also whether students and colleagues take to Mathematica in the first place. What I need is simple, direct and flexible communication on screen and in print -- but there is more and more that I can only do on screen. Allan Hayes hay at leicester.ac.uk