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Re: problems with typesetting in packages

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  • Subject: [mg62470] Re: problems with typesetting in packages
  • From: "Jens-Peer Kuska" <kuska at>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 02:25:21 -0500 (EST)
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the usual way is to write a Notebook with many fancy formulas and
explanations in "Text" cells and mark all the "Input" cells that belong
to your package code as initialization cell.  When you save the notebook,
Mathematica ask you, if it should create a package from the initialization
cells -- say "yes" and you have a package without any text comments and
formulas ...


"Hannes Kessler" <HannesKessler at> 
schrieb im Newsbeitrag 
news:dm49go$stf$1 at
| Dear Mathematica experts,
| the following problem: Mathematica's typesetting 
capabilities are nice
| in notebooks to improve the readability of 
equations (powers in
| supscript-notation etc.). However, when one 
saves such a notebook as a
| Mathematica-package, all the typesetting 
information is saved also. In
| the package, which is essentially just an 
ASCII-file, the typesetting
| information is useless and sometimes creates 
errors. At best, it makes
| it very hard to read the package using a text 
editor. Here is an
| example, how x^3 entered in supscript notation 
into the initialization
| cell of a Mathematica notebook looks in the 
| \!\(x\^3\)
| Upon creating larger packages, Mathematica 
apparently sometimes does
| not balance the parentheses correctly: Reading 
such a package back to a
| notebook, Mathematica complains on syntax 
errors. I had no choice than
| to rewrite all nicely typesetted formulas in the 
original notebook in
| plain Mathematica syntax without any typesetting 
and to save the
| package again.
| Now my question: Is it possible to use 
typesetting in the Mathematica
| notebook on one hand, and to save it to a 
package without any
| typesetting information on the other hand?
| Thanks for any advice.
| Hannes Kessler

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