Re: Formatting posts
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: [mg10796] Re: Formatting posts
- From: Paul Abbott <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 00:58:40 -0500
- Organization: University of Western Australia
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> This is a plea to those who paste bits of code from notebooks into
> e-mail posts on the mathuser group.
> #1 -- Don't expect people to decipher the text version of 2-D code such
> \!\(\[Integral]\(x\^\(2\ \)\) \[DifferentialD]x\)
> Instead, select your 2-D cell, change the format to InputForm, right
> click on your selection and choose "copy as... text. Then paste it
> into the email which will give a much more readable:
> Integrate[x^2, x].
> The two bits of code above are the same. Guess which one will get read!
For short code fragments I often use InputForm. However, this is very
limiting for larger computations because I like using subscripts and
To me, the whole point of the typesetting capabilities of the 3.0 front
end is that the first form, when pasted into a Mathematica Notebook,
will automatically format as a readable 2D expression. Of course, you
can paste Integrate[x^2, x] into a Notebook and then Convert to
> #2 -- Do not paste the text of a notebook into an email message. Many
> of us have been unable to ever get one of those actually recognized as
> a notebook by following the directions. Instead, compress your
> notebook into a pkzip compatible self-extracting executable and attach
> it to your message.
I guess you are using Windows? Not everyone who reads MathGroup uses
Windows. A lot of us use Macs or Unix. pkzip is not a universal
compression scheme. How about using compress, gzip, StuffIt, or
CompactPro, etc ...
> For short notebooks, append the file itself to the
> email message as long as your email program knows how to keep it as a
> separate file.
IMHO, what is really needed is for Web browsers to be able to handle
Mathematica Notebooks so that they can be pasted and read verbatim
(perhaps a Mathematica Notebook reader plug-in)?
Actually, instead of posting complex Notebooks I often point to a URL
where I have put the Notebook. In the past I tried posting Notebooks
as attachments to MathGroup. I've done this in other newsgroups
without problems but, I think because of the moderation of MathGroup,
the attachment somehow gets munged.
Now I simply remove all graphics and append an ASCII version of the
Notebook at the end of the message.
Paul Abbott Phone: +61-8-9380-2734
Department of Physics Fax: +61-8-9380-1014
The University of Western Australia Nedlands WA 6907
God IS a weakly left-handed dice player
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