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Re: Re: Using Text Cells

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  • Subject: [mg36917] Re: [mg36892] Re: [mg36854] Using Text Cells
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murraye at attbi.com>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 03:31:45 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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That approach wouldn't work for me, since I often DO have to include 
within text cells some expressions in traditional mathematical notation 
  and others in Mathematica's Standard Form.  (The reason is that I'm 
often writing exposition as to how to express mathematical ideas and 
procedures in terms of Mathematica.)

So probably the best way -- I'm not sure yet how to do it nicely -- 
would be a palette that more quickly allows me to change the format of a 
highlighted Inline cell to one or the other.

Which reminds me of a related formatting matter.  Often I need to 
include several paragraphs within a text cell, including displayed 
Inline cells on their own, separate lines.  (No separate text cells 
would NOT meet my needs here.)

The thing I usually do is to select the whole cell and from the Options 
Inspector sucessively select Formatting Options > Text Layout Options > 
ParagraphSpacing and then change the setting "multiply" from its default 
value 0 to 0.5.  That provides just the right amount of inter-paragraph 
space.  One of these days I'll figure out how to program a button on a 
palette to do that.

General observation:  It's stuff like this that makes Mathematica so 
much harder than a traditional tool, such as TeX/LaTeX, for typesetting 
mathematical exposition.  Nothing beats a markup language for speed of 
entry.  At least a sufficiently generous supply of formatting buttons 
would be the next best thing (far superior to having to burrow down 
through a nested menu in the Options Inspector).  For example, I always 
keep open the palette FormattingTools.nb  that allows changing the text 
face, size, or font (Courier, Times, Helvetica) at a click.  (Not sure 
where I got the FormattingTools.nb palette from; it's not part of the 
standard Mathematica distribution.   Perhaps it was from Publicon?)


David Park wrote:
> Murray,
> 
> I don't like TraditionalForm for Inline cells either. I just use
> Menu\Cell\Default Inline Format Type\Standard Form....

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