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Re: "Skip this Input cell" module?

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  • Subject: [mg68808] Re: "Skip this Input cell" module?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 00:41:16 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <ec1bbm$p2f$> <ec3q9g$2fs$>
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In article <ec3q9g$2fs$1 at>, albert <awnl at> wrote:

> Another approach that I probably would use
> is to define a stylesheet which has a style UnevaluatableInput which is
> just like Input but will have Evaluatable set to False an maybe change the
> layout of those cells so you don't have to search for differences in cell
> brackets. 

YES!!  Exactly what I'd also thought of doing since I first raised this 
query ("Great minds . . ." and all that).  

My idea would be to redefine and rename the Small Text style for this 
purpose, since (a) I never use that style for anything else, and (b) its 
command key is cmd-8, which is right above cmd-9 for Input cells, which 
would make it easy to remember.  

The redefinition would be to just copy the Input style definitions to 
replace the Small Text definitions in the stylesheet; rename that style 
as NonInput; set Evaluatable to False; and add a light background 
shading or similar visual cue, so that the NonInput cells would look 
exactly like Input cells except for that light shading.

A potentially useful feature would be that one could toggle these 
NonInput cells to Input cells globally by globally selecting all the 
NonInput cells using Option-click and changing their style.  The 
downside would be that this "toggling" could not be reversed (though one 
could globally select at the Input cells; convert them all to NonInput; 
then convert the essential ones back to Input).

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