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Re: Re: Where Style Sheets are located

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  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 02:04:45 -0400 (EDT)
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The capitalization implies the space.  I think it's hard to mistake 
FrontEnd for "Frontend", rather than "Front end", although I get your 
suggestion that it might make things harder to find if you don't know what 
you're looking for.  We've tried to make our file layout extremely 
consistent across all platforms, and there have been historically a few 
platforms where spaces have caused trouble (and no, Windows wasn't actually 
a big factor in this...Unix platforms caused more issues, as did the 
run-from-CD version we used to support).

A bit of future versions, we've changed our style guide so that 
they're now called 'stylesheets' instead of 'style sheets'.  Unfortunately, 
this is still slightly inconsistent with the directory naming, where the 
capitalization implies two words (StyleSheet -> Style Sheet), but I don't 
anticipate we'll change that for backward compatibility reasons.

But no plans to rename our frontend (or, as far as I know, our styleguide).

Sincerely, and with a small amount of jest,

jfultz at

On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 05:34:56 -0400 (EDT), Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> The same sort of confusion exists with respect to "Front End" and
> "FrontEnd".
> Mathematica documentation refers to a "style sheet" (two words), and to
> the "Front End" (two words).   And the menu system uses "Style Sheet"
> (two words).
> However, the actual file system (at least for Windows) uses
> "StyleSheets" for the folder containing style sheets, and "FrontEnd" for
> the folder that contains that and other front end-related subfolders.
> But the confusion probably originates in the fact that the names of some
> built-in style sheet-related and Front End-related Mathematica objects
> elide the space.  Thus:  StyleSheetPath and FrontEndExecute.  Elision of
> the space is, of course, necessitated by the general rule for
> Mathematica names.
> AES wrote:
>> I recently inquired
>>> Where do the standard style sheets in the
>>> Format >> Style Sheet  menu hide?
>> ....
>> [And by the way, is it "style sheet" or "stylesheet"?  Note that
>> Mathematica itself uses *both* forms at different points in its naming
>> and documentation -- which doesn't make searches for information on
>> style sheets/stylesheets any easier.]

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