Re: Using a text editor like interface for Mathematica?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg64477] Re: Using a text editor like interface for Mathematica?*From*: grub_snuffler at yahoo.com*Date*: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 02:50:09 -0500 (EST)*References*: <dsru9v$5ee$1@smc.vnet.net><200602160805.DAA29821@smc.vnet.net> <dt48ab$2j7$1@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

> An option to avoid the tab issue is to use InputForm instead of > StandardForm. I don't know how this works. There seemed to be a function that would convert between what's shown in Mathematica and how I would type it (good for importing to a text file or if I was using the command line kernel input), but I don't see (or can't find) any way to get Mathematica to allow me to do my own formatting. Am I missing something here? Changing from one format to another doesn't seem to be what I'm looking for. Here's my challenge: tell me of a way that I can get Mathematica to allow me to tab whenever I want, regardless of whether Mathematica thinks it's appropriate. This kind of restricted behaviour I'm currently experiencing is what I expect from MS Word, not from a programming environment. I know it sounds like I'm complaining about something trivial, but the ability to format easily leads to readable code, which leads to productive work. Try this: Start a new notebook. Type a single letter. Then try to tab. Result: Nothing happens. It's hard to align code easily under these circumstances. Tell me a way to fix this and I will send you a dollar. > > Oh, and the ability to use underscores in naming would've been nice. > While underscores are not available, you can use things like > \ [UnderBracket] (alias esc u [ esc), \[UnderBrace] (alias esc u { esc), etc. I wasn't aware of the underscore option. It's a little awkward to type and looks awful, but I guess I'll take what I can get. Maybe I can map one of my function keys to do this. I appreciate it. john

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**Re: Re: Using a text editor like interface for Mathematica?***From:*Pratik Desai <pdesai1@umbc.edu>

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