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

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  • Subject: [mg64696] Re: General--Making the DisplayFormula style in ArticleModern look like Traditional
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at physics.uwa.edu.au>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 01:49:27 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <dthhpd$nhn$1@smc.vnet.net> <200602230535.AAA13302@smc.vnet.net> <dtm6bo$hk2$1@smc.vnet.net>
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In article <dtm6bo$hk2$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Daniel Lichtblau <danl at wolfram.com> wrote:

> TraditionalForm is bad for input. Very bad. 

No it is not. As a daily user of Mathematica, I find TraditionalForm to 
be a robust and elegant input format. Agreed, there are some issues in 
the use of TraditionalForm for input. However, since TraditionalForm is 
available as a Mathematica input form (and has been since 1996), then 
any problems with the implementation of TraditionalForm are bugs (I have 
reported many) that should be fixed in successive releases of 
Mathematica.

> I still field questions from 
> an In and Out column of The Mathematica Journal 8(1) (published in 2001) 
> that were typeset using TraditionalForm. Okay, there were limitations in 
> the code itself, but the formatting managed to alter precedence 
> somewhere in a way that exacerbated the trouble.

Exactly the point -- there was a problem with the formatting of the 
code, not with TraditionalForm itself. And, if there is a problem, then 
you are just acknowledging a Mathematica bug that should be fixed.

Cheers,
Paul

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