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Re: holding boxes verbatim

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  • Subject: [mg56264] Re: holding boxes verbatim
  • From: "Carl K. Woll" <carl at>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 05:32:12 -0400 (EDT)
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"Chris Chiasson" <chris.chiasson at> wrote

> As a follow up to those who requested clairification:
> Consider the simple examples:
> HoldAllComplete[b*(a + s*m)] (*notice the order of the vairables
> inside the inner Times is rearranged on output*)
> HoldAllComplete[(x)^(1/2)] (*notice the reformatting of an expression
> to the power 1/2 is reformatted to the square root of the expression*)
> HoldAllComplete[(x/y)(h/g)] (*notice the elimination of the parenthesis*)
> The reason these things happen is that the boxes are parsed into
> Mathematica input such as Times[b,Plus[a,Times[s,m]]].
> I need a way to work directly with the boxes, but still at least do
> some variable substitution.
> Thank you again for your time.

Some of your concerns are alleviated by using OutputForm[HoldForm[ ... ]]. 
At least in your examples, the only differences between the input and the 
output are the absence of * and unnecessary parentheses.

Carl Woll 

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