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Re: Need good reference for writing Stylesheets

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  • Subject: [mg68854] Re: Need good reference for writing Stylesheets
  • From: Helen Read <hpr at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 03:28:06 -0400 (EDT)
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David Park wrote:
> The one tricky thing is if you want to add new cell types. You should add
> these later in the style sheet, in what might not seem the logical order, so
> that they won't change the standard order of the 'hot keys'. Mathematica
> automatically adds hot keys (Alt-1, Alt-2, etc.) in the order it encounters
> the cells. It is very bad form to change these because if a user is used to
> using them he doesn't want to switch to an entirely new set with a new style
> sheet.

Perhaps, but I had to put one of my own styles (GraderText) near the top 
of the custom stylesheet that I embed into assignments for my students, 
because I couldn't see any other way to give it a hot-key. My students 
download these notebooks from the web, do the exercises, and send them 
to me via e-mail. I grade them on my computer, then e-mail them back; 
it's all completely paperless. It would be extremely tedious to grade 
the assignments without a hot-key for GraderText. I gave it Alt-8, which 
would be SmallText -- a style I rarely if ever use -- in the default 
stylesheet. Hopefully nobody will arrest me for this :-)

Helen Read
University of Vermont

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