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Re: Style sheets in 6.0

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg76354] Re: Style sheets in 6.0
  • From: Helen Read <hpr at together.net>
  • Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 02:31:00 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <f2merq$m6v$1@smc.vnet.net>

David Park wrote:
> 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 
> notebook.

Not only that, I can find no way to access styles in the imported 
private stylesheet other than the ones offered on the "Choose a style to 
edit" dropdown. I can edit those, and can add new styles, but can't get 
to the full set of styles.

> 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 
> here.

I agree.

-- 
Helen Read
University of Vermont


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