Re: Re: Using Text Cells

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*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*References*: <NDBBJGNHKLMPLILOIPPOGEJHDDAA.djmp@earthlink.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

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.... -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01375