Questions re Style Sheets and Formatting (on the Mac)
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- Subject: [mg9300] Questions re Style Sheets and Formatting (on the Mac)
- From: siegman at ee.stanford.edu (AES)
- Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 02:47:10 -0500
- Organization: Stanford University
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
(I admire the people who designed this system, and had to make decisions on all the hard questions; but God, it's a pain to try to format output in Mathematica without an adequate -- correction, without _any_ -- manual!) I want to define a style sheet or overall format where * Screen display wraps (always and everything) at page width (as does printed output also, of course). * Page break markers are always present (and continuously updated if possible) in the screen display (i.e, I don't have to shift environment to see page breaks). * Printed output is essentially WYSIWYG in all respects, at least so far as cell text (in all types of cells) and linebreaks, etc, are concerned, except that In[ ] and Out[ ] markers don't appear in printed output. * Screen display is magnified enough for aging eyes to read it. How do I do this? (More detail the better!) Related questions: 1) At the bottom of the Mac window is a magnification popup menu, which clearly magnifies (or minifies) the on screen display (thus achieving final objective above). But does it magnify printed output also? Does it change page breaks? Where can I read about it? 1b) When I change the magnification value for a LaserWriter in the File=>Page Setup dialog box, does Mathematica know about this? Does it change the page breaks appropriately? (Experiments seem to be inconclusive.) 2) When I try to modify a style sheet by selecting all cells, then choosing Wrap at Page Width from the Format menu, I get a beep. Yet I seem to be able to apply the same command to every single individual cell, or any subgroups of cells, within the style sheet. Why? 3) When I edit a notebook's style sheet (shared variety), while the notebook itself is also open, do changes take place immediately? Or only after I close, or save the style sheet? Do I have to Save the style sheet to have my changes remembered? What does the "Apply" button in the upper right corner of the Option Inspector window do? 3) In the Option Inspector, what's the distinction between "Global" and "Notebook" options? And, does changing options in either of these also change the style sheet for an open notebook? A shared style sheet? Or only a private style sheet? 4) Suppose I want to employ the same notebook both to produce printout (for making class handouts) and presentation output (for making overhead transparencies) >> with larger type and different page breaks in the presentation case <<. If I switch the screen display environment to presentation and manually insert hard page breaks before or after certain cells, will these still remain when I go back to working or printout screen display. When I want to print the transparencies (as contrasted to the class handouts, do I change the printer environment ot presentation also? There would sure be a market for a book or manual just on Mathematica formats and style sheets, nothing else!