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Re: ASCII ... plus new stuff

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  • Subject: [mg22121] Re: ASCII ... plus new stuff
  • From: ags at seaman.cc.purdue.edu (Dave Seaman)
  • Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 02:34:37 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Purdue University
  • References: <87tr4o$5mv@smc.vnet.net> <882dmj$34m$4@dragonfly.wolfram.com> <888ahi$c80@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In article <888ahi$c80 at smc.vnet.net>, macsoft  <macsoft at ctrlaltdel.ch> wrote:
>Since I have many parameters to study, my variables have very long and
>exotic names such as A5be6wpsi4_CI_3_cplx1, and I only work on one
>parameter at a time.
>But then, when I compute something for A5be6wpsi4_CI_3_cplx1 and
>A5be6wpsi4_CI_3_cplx2, knowing exactly what I'm doing, I get flooded by
>microsoft-like warnings on my spelling... But If I call my variable
>vanessa, theresa and olga, I don't know what I'm doing anymore :-)...

You can't use underscores in identifiers in Mathematica, because the
underscore has a special meaning that precludes its use as an ordinary
alphabetic character.

>Is there a way to turn off the spelling errors, or to turn on a kind of
>library of variable names, just to remember that those variables aren't wrong?

Aside from the underscore problem, there is the problem that Mathematica
complains about identifiers that are spelled nearly alike.  You can
disable this feature by evaluating

	Off[General::spell1]

in your notebook before using the identifiers with similar spelling.

>It's just a stupid user-friendliness-thing, but I'm sure I'm not the
>only one to get bored by this!

If you are sure you never want to see such messages again, you can put
the Off[General::spell1] command in your init.m file, so that it will be
evaluated automatically every time you start Mathematica.

-- 
Dave Seaman			dseaman at purdue.edu
U.S. State Department Lies about Mumia Abu-Jamal
<http://mojo.calyx.net/~refuse/mumia/111999statedept.html>


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