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Re: Readability confuses mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg44682] Re: Readability confuses mathematica?
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:13:06 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <bpfg19$m0e$>
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In article <bpfg19$m0e$1 at>,
 Bill Rowe <readnewscix at> wrote:

> Interesting. I admit, I've not seriously attempted to use TraditionalForm for 
> input mainly due to this comment in the Mathematica Book. I will have to give 
> it a try and see how I like it. When you say you use TraditionalForm "in a 
> perfectly reliable and unambiguous way", is there anything special (not 
> obvious) about the way you use TraditionalForm that makes it "perfectly 
> reliable and unambiguous"? Is so, it seems to me there may not be a conflict 
> between the comment I found in the Mathematica Book and your experience.

Have a look at
> But if I cannot rely on Mathematica's interpretation of inputs made in 
> TradiationalForm this would be rather cumbersome and painful. 

But you can always write input into a TraditionalForm cell using 
InputForm (or StandardForm) notation.

> From my perspective, it is far better to use a form I can count on as being correct 
> and use the coversion options later as desired.

In this case you could just work as you do now with StandardForm input 
and then hit \[CommandKey]\[ShiftKey]t.


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