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RE: Re: Need good reference for writing Stylesheets

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  • Subject: [mg68892] RE: [mg68854] Re: Need good reference for writing Stylesheets
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 05:20:33 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear Helen,

You didn't put the new cell type "near the top" of the style sheet but just
far enough down so that it would catch a hot key and NOT disturb most of the
standard hot keys. So you don't have to worry about the Mathematica Militia
appearing on your doorstep! (Just kidding.)

You could have gone one position lower and only bumped the hot key for
InputCells since they don't really need a hot key. What caused me to include
the comment in my posting is the MiER style sheet for submission of
articles. It completely rearranges most of the hot keys, and specifically
the hot key for Text cells had been changed. Since that is the hot key I use
most often I found it quite annoying.

And I am quite impressed with the work you are doing with Mathematica in

David Park
djmp at

From: Helen Read [mailto:hpr at]
To: mathgroup at

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,
> 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
> the cells. It is very bad form to change these because if a user is used
> using them he doesn't want to switch to an entirely new set with a new
> 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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