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Style sheets in 6.0

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  • Subject: [mg76305] Style sheets in 6.0
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 04:42:32 -0400 (EDT)

Mathematica 6.0, from what I've seen so far, was done with a lot of style.
The folks at WRI deserve great credit, not only for the major features such 
as dynamic interaction and graphics but also in many of the smaller changes.

An example is the great functionality of Grid over the old GridBox.

But one exception is style sheets. There is minimal documentation and what 
there is appears to be incorrect.

I could find no way to modify an old 5.2 style sheet so the new syntax 
coloring feature worked.
Adding ShowAutoStyles->True and ShowSyntaxStyles->True to Input cells did 
not work.

Nor can I understand how to create a new style sheet from scratch, or as a 
modification of the Default.nb style.
When I brought up the Default.nb notebook and saved it under a new name, I 
could not edit the styles.

Also, when I started with a new notebook in the Default style and tried to 
edit the style sheet I was not given the choice of bringing up the shared 
style sheet, editing it, and saving it under a new name. There was no choice 
menu. It appears that all I could do was import a private style sheet to the 

Since the style sheet procedure is quite changed from 5.2, and creating 
style sheets is quite important to many users, WRI should give us more help 

David Park
djmpark at

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