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Re: a slightly unexpected case of General::spell1

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  • Subject: [mg70930] Re: [mg70920] a slightly unexpected case of General::spell1
  • From: Carl Woll <carlw at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 06:47:00 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <200611010856.DAA01612@smc.vnet.net>

Chris Chiasson wrote:

>In[1]:=
>System`Dump`$MessagesInHelpBrowserAreKnown=False;
>Format[anAbsicssa]="#";
>
>In[3]:=
>anAbscissa^2//InputForm
>
>>From In[3]:=
>General::spell1: Possible spelling error: new symbol name "anAbscissa" is \
>similar to existing symbol "#".
>
>Out[3]//InputForm=
>anAbscissa^2
>
>Shouldn't Mathematica know that I actually typed anAbscissa as the
>input, which is nothing like #?
>
>AFAIK, # isn't even a symbol. It is a special type of input, like @,
>that parses to Slot[1], even in environments that don't use
>MakeExpression.
>  
>
Well, anAbscissa is similar to the existing symbol anAbsicssa, which has 
a Format statement so that it prints like "#". So, when anAbsicssa is 
printed in the warning message, it is replaced with "#".

Carl Woll
Wolfram Research


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