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Re: General--Making the DisplayFormula style in ArticleModern look like Traditional

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  • Subject: [mg64603] Re: General--Making the DisplayFormula style in ArticleModern look like Traditional
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at physics.uwa.edu.au>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:35:48 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <dthhpd$nhn$1@smc.vnet.net>
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In article <dthhpd$nhn$1 at smc.vnet.net>, box2718-news at yahoo.com wrote:

> I'm still attempting to use Mathematica to typeset homework. I'm having all 
> sorts of difficulty trying to figure out how to get Mathematica to do what I 
> want it to do, so I appreciate any help that you can give. I don't have a 
> particularly deep question right now, but I am acutely aware that I don't 
> really feel like I know what is going on.
> 
> I'm using the articlemodern style, and very frequently use the style 
> "display formula". I would like the formulas that I write to come out 
> looking like TraditionalForm, but they default to StandardForm. I can 
> certainly change this every time I read a formula, but it would be nice to 
> be able to edit the style sheet so that it defaults to TraditionalForm 
> instead of StandardForm. Try as I might, though, I haven't been able to do 
> this.  Any suggestions?

If you do

  Format | Edit Style Sheet ...

and go to the Formulas and Programming Section and select the 
DisplayFormula style and then do

  Format | Show Expression

you will see that one option for cells of this type is
 
 DefaultFormatType->DefaultInputFormatType

Now, since I bet that your DefaultInputFormatType is StandardForm, you 
will see why formulas in DisplayFormula style are in StandardForm. 

Personally, I think that this default setting is wrong. For display 
formulas you nearly always want

  DefaultFormatType->TraditionalForm

so, if you change this in the Style Sheet everything will work as 
expected. You can also change the Notebook or Global settings of the 
DefaultFormatType using 

  Format | Option Inspector

and modfifying the appropriate CommonDefaultFormatTypes.

Alternatively, if you change 

  Cell | Default Input FormatType

to TraditionalForm (which is my preference for Input and Output) then 
you will get formulas in TraditionalForm.

For some examples of typeset homework, have a look at Solutions2004.nb 
and Solutions2005.nb at

  http://physics.uwa.edu.au/pub/ElectroMagnetism/Exams/Solutions/

Cheers,
Paul

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