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Distinguishing Strings from Symbols

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  • Subject: [mg81114] Distinguishing Strings from Symbols
  • From: dr DanW <dmaxwarren at>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 06:21:52 -0400 (EDT)

I have several notebooks where I am using short strings that might be
the same as the name of a symbol; for example, "x".  When these
strings show up as output, I cannot tell if I am looking at a string
"x" or a symbol x.  Is there a way I can define a Format or alter
OutputForm so strings in output always have a different look than
symbols, such as appearing in red or in italics?

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