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Re: TraditionalForm ordering

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  • Subject: [mg80279] Re: [mg80217] TraditionalForm ordering
  • From: Carl Woll <carlw at>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 04:51:18 -0400 (EDT)
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Chris Chiasson wrote:

>Is there some way to retain TraditionalForm, but have held expressions
>maintain their original order? For instance, it would be useful if I
>could make the expression below print as b+a instead of a+b. Are there
>any secret options to TraditionalForm that do that?
Use the undocumented function PolynomialForm:

TraditionalForm @ PolynomialForm[HoldForm[b + a], TraditionalOrder -> False]

Carl Woll
Wolfram Research

>Bonus points:
>Explain the output of this command in terms of the pattern matching of
>FormatValues, Attributes, and DefaultValues of Times.

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