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Re: Mathematica Font problems

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  • Subject: [mg66843] Re: Mathematica Font problems
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 06:54:55 -0400 (EDT)
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On 5/31/06 at 6:31 AM, ski at (Skillman Hunter) wrote:

>On page ten of the Mathematica v5.2 Tutorial the last equation is: 1
>+ x^2 + x^4 + x^5 /. x -> 3 But in the actual Tutorial notebook, the
>-> is a single character that is typed in by ESC->ESC and the font
>is shown to be Courier New.

If you set your default input and output format types suitably, you will see Mathematica replace the character sequence "->" to a single character with no need to use the esc key.

>When I copy the equation and paste it into MS Word, the font changes
>the right arrow to Mathematica1Mono so  remains a single character,
>because the standard Windows true type Courier New has no right
>arrow. Mathematica installs "Mathematica1Mono" font along with
>others. Apparently Mathematica also has a special version of Courier
>New which does have a right arrow.

I believe you will find Mathematica does not use a special version of Courier New. Instead, Mathematica automatically substitutes characters from one of its unique fonts for certain characters rather than outputing everything in Courier New.

>Have other Mathematica users found problems when trying to produce
>reports that equations copied from Mathematica have the fonts
>changed? If a copy of the Word document is forwarded to a colliege
>or a publisher, doesn't that cause problems, especially if the
>publisher wants to use their own brand of fonts?

Word has this problem without any additional help from Mathematica. My solution is simply to avoid using Word altogether. Word simply is not well designed for writing technical papers with lots of equations. Note, I do not claim Word cannot be used for this purpose. Rather it is not an optimum choice.

My solution is to use LaTeX and convert the final output to PDF with the fonts embedded. LaTeX and TeX were designed specifically to be able to type set mathematics. So, the needed characters are found in a standard LaTeX installation.

>I know there are ten options for the Copy As command and "Text (add
>whitespace)" seems to be the option that eliminates the
>Mathematica1Mono and converts the right arrow to two characters, ->.
>Is that the answer for copying to Word?

That would eliminate some of the difficulties. But there will still remain the font issues Word creates independent of Mathematica.
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