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Re: Question concerning MakeBoxes

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  • Subject: [mg60390] Re: [mg60378] Question concerning MakeBoxes
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 05:16:12 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Carlos,

First, on Version 5.2 I have no problem with repeated evaluation. The
TraditionalForm output always uses the new formatting.

Second, by using the following definition, it is possible to copy and paste
the output.

Unprotect[And];
And /: MakeBoxes[And[c__], TraditionalForm] :=
   (InterpretationBox[#1, #2] &) @@ {RowBox[{"\[And]",
          RowBox[{StyleBox["{", SpanMaxSize -> \[Infinity]],
              GridBox[({#1} &) /@ (MakeBoxes[#1, TraditionalForm] &) /@ {c},
                ColumnAlignments -> {Left}],
              StyleBox["}", ShowContents -> False]}], " "}], And[c]};
Protect[And];

Using the pure function form of InterpretationBox allows the arguments to be
evaluated.

Last, when I used the above on Version 5.0.1 and on 5.1.1 I again had no
trouble with repeated evaluation so I wonder if there is some setting on
your system that has gotten changed.

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



From: Cca [mailto:cca at gregosetroianos.mat.br]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net


Let's start a new Mathematica (5.1) session and note that

FormatValues[And]

is the empty list. I want to define a rule for formatting logical
conjunctions and disjunctionsin in such a way that, for example,
the conjunction

p&&q&&r

is formatted in TraditionalForm as

RowBox[{"\[And]",
    RowBox[{StyleBox["{",SpanMaxSize->\[Infinity]],
        GridBox[{{"p"},{"q"},{"r"}},ColumnAlignments->{Left}],
        StyleBox["}",ShowContents->False]}]," "}]//DisplayForm

(As far as I know, the idea for this interesting and convenient "grid
notation" is due to
Bruno BuchBerger, but this is another history.)

For me, one obvious solution to this problem should be something like

Unprotect[And];
And/:MakeBoxes[And[c__],TraditionalForm]:=
  RowBox[{"\[And]",
RowBox[{StyleBox["{",SpanMaxSize->\[Infinity]],
          GridBox[{#}&/@(MakeBoxes[#,TraditionalForm]&/@{c}),
            ColumnAlignments->{Left}],
          StyleBox["}",ShowContents->False]}]," "}];
Protect[And];

In fact,

p&&q&&r//TraditionalForm

is now displayed as intended. However, it works only once: evaluating again

p&&q&&r//TraditionalForm

gives the built-in traditional formatting. After inspecting

FormatValues[And]

we see what is going on: my formatting rule is the LAST on the list. So, in
order to
force Mathematica to apply my definition first, I evaluate

Unprotect[And];
FormatValues[And]=Reverse@FormatValues[And];
Protect[And];

This solves my problem, but in a somewhat inelegant way.

My questions are:

(1) what is the explanation for this behavior?
(2) how can I get the intended result without reversing FormatValues[And]?

My anticipated thanks for any help.

Carlos César de Araújo
Gregos & Troianos Educacional
www.gregosetroianos.mat.br
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
(31) 3283-1122



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