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getting rid of TraditionalForm

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  • Subject: [mg19451] getting rid of TraditionalForm
  • From: Henrik Weimer <henrik at>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999 01:25:18 -0400
  • Organization: Rice University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


A while back I changed the default cell type for inline expressions to
TraditionalForm. Now, I regret that choice and would like to convert all
inline expressions in a lot of text that I typed in the meantime to

I figured that I can do this automatically - most of the time.

In mathematica I use the following:

n = << "notebook.nb"
nn = n/.{FormBox[a_,TraditionalForm]->a}
nn >> "convertedNotebook.nb"

The problem is that this only works on some but not all notebook. In
particular, for some of the notebooks this seems to screw up the file
syntax and the front end gets stuck reading the converted notebook.

Does anybody out there know a reliable and simple way to get rid of the
TraditionalForm stuff for all inline expression cells in a notebook?
Alternatively, how can the hack above be fixed so it works?


   Henrik Weimer

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