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Retaining bold characters in an expression

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  • Subject: [mg22244] Retaining bold characters in an expression
  • From: Tom Burton <tburton at>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 01:33:44 -0500 (EST)
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In Input cells, I have been considering using bold-weight fonts to indicate 
a tensor (lower-case indicates rank(order) 1, upper-case indicates 
rank(order) 2). (I have changed the Input style to default to standard 
weight, so that locally bolded symbols stand out.)  This technique 
conflicts with my desire to use TraditionalForm.

TraditionalForm is much easier for non-Mathematica users to read, but it's 
not safe to edit. So I always switch temporarily back to StandardForm to 
edit, then return to TraditionalForm. My problem is that font weight (and 
color and several other display attributes, I suppose) are lost during 
convertion by the engine.

A related issue is that differential font weights are lost as Input is 
processed into Output.

Can anyone suggest a workaround for this problem. So far, my solution has 
been to use an ornament (e.g., over-\[RightVector]) instead of font weight.


Tom <> 

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