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Fwd: Re: Re: Typing special symbols in text mode?

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  • Subject: [mg65492] Fwd: Re: [mg65479] Re: Typing special symbols in text mode?
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 06:55:34 -0400 (EDT)
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Christopher Arthur <pannoniara at> wrote:

>We should note that there is a slight bug with this approach: even 
>if you inline a simple equation like 3+5x=f(x), then it doesn't get 
>placed into math environment in LaTeX.  For some reason, I guess the 
>converter only converts to math mode those expressions that 
>obviously need special formatting, like fractions or subscripts.  It 
>turns out to be a problem because then these simple functions don't 
>look right in the DVI or final product of your TeX.

I agree that this is a problem. For example, here is a cell with an 
inline equation:

  Cell[TextData[{"This is an inline equation, ",
    Cell[BoxData[ FormBox[ RowBox[{
      RowBox[{"3", "+", RowBox[{"5", "x"}]}], "=",
         RowBox[{"f", "(", "x", ")"}]}], TraditionalForm]]], "."}], "Text"]

Pasting this into a Notebook and converting to TeX via

   File | Save As Special... | TeX

generates a .tex document with the following line:

   This is an inline equation, 3+5x=f(x).

>The only way that I've figured out how to go around it is to fool 
>the converter first by placing a framebox around all such 
>problematic inline cells, then do a global edit of the fbox that is 
>created in the TeX output.

Note that Publicon 
<> gets it right, 

   This is an inline equation, $3+5x=f(x)$.

Regarding the original question, I was assuming that Rex Eastbourne 
wanted to use Mathematica Notebooks to produce problem sheets, rather 
than wanting to convert these Notebooks to TeX.


>----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Abbott" <paul at>
To: mathgroup at
>Subject: [mg65492] [mg65479] Re: Typing special symbols in text mode?
>>In article <e0llsk$797$1 at>,
>>"Rex Eastbourne" <    > wrote:
>>>I'm writing a problem set and would like to use special mathematical
>>>notation such as vector arrows, the special R for reals, subscripts and
>>>superscripts, and so on (both in equations and in English regular text
>>>comments). This would be easy to do in LaTeX, but can it be done in
>>>Mathematica? (I know about the "export to TeX" feature, but it would be
>>>nice not to have to go back and change notation after exporting to
>>This is easy to do in Mathematica. See
>>  Edit | Expression Input
>>and in particular the items Above, Subscript, and Superscript. The items
>>  Start Inline Cell
>>  End Inline Cell
>>are used for inline equations within text. I always put mathematical
>>expressions in inline cells (a la $x$ in LaTeX).
>>Note that if you write some text into a text cell and then type a
>>variable, say x, and then use, say, the Superscript menu item (or its
>>keyboard shortcut, indicated in the menu), an inline cell is created
>>Advantages of Mathematica for typesetting include:
>>[1] it is WYSIWYG
>>[2] you can use the Mathematica kernel to evaluate expressions appearing
>>in inline cells and in equations -- anywhere, in fact.
>>[3] it has the extra advantage of being meaningful mathematics.
>>For example, instead of entering a double-struck R to denote reals, if
>>you type Reals into an input cell and convert it to TraditionalForm it
>>displays as a double-struck R -- but carries meaning with it (via a
>>TagBox as Function[{}, Reals]). This symbol can be used (at least in
>>TraditionalForm) within commands such as Reduce and Resolve.
>>If you paste the following cell expression into Mathematica, you will
>>see an example of Mathematica's typesetting:
>>Cell[TextData[{"Here is some text containing special mathematical
>>notation such as vector arrows, ",
>>Cell[BoxData[FormBox[OverscriptBox["a", "\[RightVector]"],
>>    TraditionalForm]]],  ", the special R for reals, ",
>>   Cell[BoxData[ FormBox[ TagBox["\[DoubleStruckCapitalR]",
>>   Function[{}, Reals]], TraditionalForm]]],  ", subscripts ",
>>Cell[BoxData[ FormBox[ SubscriptBox["a", "i"], TraditionalForm]]],
>>  " and superscripts, ",  Cell[BoxData[ FormBox[
>>    SuperscriptBox["b", "j"], TraditionalForm]]],  "."}], "Text"]
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