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Re: Single character in Italics. Ervin Doyle;

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  • Subject: [mg14687] Re: Single character in Italics. Ervin Doyle;
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <shollis at peachnet.campus.mci.net>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 21:15:45 -0500
  • Organization: fair
  • References: <720t57$1uv@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

"Ervin F. Doyle" wrote:

> Hello:
> I recently purchased Mathematica 3.0.1. When I type a single character
> like "a" it comes out in italics. However, when I type two or more
> characters like "ad" or "abc" I get the characters in bold face. This
> italic single character appears when I'm setting up equations like f
> := ... or g = ....Is there a reason for this?

Yes. The reason is that it is standard practice in mathematical
typesetting to italicize variables.

> Do I have to use
> double characters  in my definitions etc. to avoid the italics when I
> don't want them.
> Thanks Ervin Doyle

No. Just hightlight the character and change the style from italic to
plain, just as you would in any word processor. ---At least that works
on the Macintosh. Otherwise all bets are off... :-)

Hope that helps.



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