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Re: Re: Subscript vs SubscriptBox

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  • Subject: [mg69044] Re: [mg69028] Re: Subscript vs SubscriptBox
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 02:54:45 -0400 (EDT)
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if you wish to create a variable x1 you can use Subscript[x,1] for better
readability. This is formated with a SubscriptBox[] by the system.


Chris Chiasson wrote:
> I guess what is most concerning to me is that Subscript seems to be a
> Format-like function that accepts symbols, while SubscriptBox is
> usually a container for strings and other box forms. However, since
> there is no help page on Subscript, it has a very short help
> description, and appears to be read protected, I am left wondering
> exactly what it does and if I am using it incorrectly in place of
> SubscriptBox.
> On 8/27/06, Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Subscript[] is a Mathematica function, SupscriptBox[] is a
>> box that is used by the FrontEnd to render a subscript.
>> Regards
>>    Jens
>> Chris Chiasson wrote:
>> > Could someone explain in detail what the difference between Subscript
>> > and SubscriptBox is? FullDefinition was not too helpful. The help for
>> > Subscript redirects to SubscriptBox.
>> >

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