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Re: Primed Variables in Mathematica

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg50694] Re: Primed Variables in Mathematica
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve_usenet at _removemefirst_luttrell.org.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 01:16:12 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <ci8n46$buq$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

If you use the prime as a superscript then it appears where you want it.

Steve Luttrell

"David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net> wrote in message 
news:ci8n46$buq$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Primed variables are in such common use in textbooks and papers that I 
> don't understand why Mathematica doesn't allow them.
>
> Of course, x' represents a derivative, but there is a prime character that 
> can be obtained by esc ' esc or by \[Prime].
>
> x\[Prime] // Head
> Symbol
>
> But the problem is that the \[Prime] character is not raised but sits at 
> the same level as x. It would be much better if the \[Prime] character 
> were raised to the normal level to give better looking expressions. I 
> admit that there could be some visual confusion, but not Mathematica 
> confusion, with derivatives, but it would usually be clear from context.
>
> I wish that WRI would fix the Prime, DoublePrime, ReversePrime and 
> ReverseDoublePrime characters so they displayed at the correct vertical 
> level in expressions.
>
> David Park
> djmp at earthlink.net
> http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/
>
> 



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