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RE: Tentative conclusion: Mathematica cannot output plain text

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg39792] RE: [mg39762] Tentative conclusion: Mathematica cannot output plain text
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2003 03:39:15 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Carlos,

Perhaps you didn't get an answer because people are not certain what you
mean by "plain text". Mathematica provides the following forms for output
cells.

StandardForm - the default, which creates box structures
TraditionalForm - which also creates box structures
InputForm - This might be considered "plain text"
OutputForm - "plain text" but using multiple lines if necessary for
division, powers and subscripts. Copy these into you notebook and try them.

(x^2 + Subscript[a, 1]^2)/(x^2 + Subscript[b, 1]^2)

(x^2 + Subscript[a, 1]^2)/(x^2 + Subscript[b, 1]^2)//TraditionalForm

(x^2 + Subscript[a, 1]^2)/(x^2 + Subscript[b, 1]^2)//InputForm

(x^2 + Subscript[a, 1]^2)/(x^2 + Subscript[b, 1]^2)//OutputForm

InputForm is good for copying into emails. StandardForm and TraditionalForm
look best. Some people prefer TraditionalForm but it makes for long
notebooks is you don't delete the output before saving. OutputForm is mostly
a relic from pre Version 3 Mathematica when there were no box structures.

Is that what you are asking about?

David Park
djmp at earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos Felippa [mailto:carlos at colorado.edu]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Subject: [mg39792] [mg39762] Tentative conclusion: Mathematica cannot output plain
text


Because of the lack of response to my previous 2
queries, I take it that it is impossible to get
Mathematica's front end to produce notebook output in
plain text.  Is this a correct statement?



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