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Re: Re: Are comments safe inside notebook cells

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  • Subject: [mg77691] Re: [mg77632] Re: [mg77553] Are comments safe inside notebook cells
  • From: Daniel Lichtblau <danl at>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 04:28:07 -0400 (EDT)
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John Fultz wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Jun 2007 07:19:10 -0400 (EDT), Andrew Moylan wrote:
>>Prior to version 6, it has been considered unsafe to place comments (*
>>like this *) inside e.g. Input cells, because it could lead to
>>Mathematica corrupting the underlying notebook. Can anyone comment on
>>whether this is still the case in version 6?
> Many of these problems have been fixed.  I don't want to make any absolute 
> guarantees that no such problems exist anymore (it is enormously difficult and 
> time-consuming to prove a total absence of such bugs), but I can say with 
> considerable certainty that 6.0 is much better than 5.2 in this regard.
> I believe some problems yet remain when mixing styles and comments, but the
> presence and configurability of the syntax coloring features will hopefully makethis less of an issue.  Aside from that, I think we've cracked most of these
> problems, and I'll be curious to hear people's experiences.
> Sincerely,
> John Fultz
> jfultz at
> User Interface Group
> Wolfram Research, Inc.

Well...since you experience is that the Mathematica front end 
handles code comments substantially better in version 6 than in past 

Daniel Lichtblau
Wolfram Research

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