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FormBox being stripped in Mathematica 6

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  • Subject: [mg81219] FormBox being stripped in Mathematica 6
  • From: Cca <cca at>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 04:04:52 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: Cca <cca at>

Consider this in Mathematica 6:

Cell[BoxData[FormBox[RowBox[{"a", "+", "b"}], TraditionalForm]], 
  "Input"] // CellPrint

In the output cell, select the incomplete expression a+ and paste on another cell. 
You will see that the FormBox[_,TraditionalForm] wrapper is stripped: the expression is pasted in StandardForm.

Well, this does not happen in previous versions (at least, not in v.5.1). 
Also, NotebookRead does not detect the FormBox -- while it did in previous versions.

How can I revert to the old behaviour? How can I mantain the TraditionalForm FormBox on pasting? 
Is there a FrontEnd option governing this? Why is the FormBox being stripped?


Carlos César de Araújo
Gregos & Troianos Educacional
MSN: cca_gregosetroianos at
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
(31) 3283-1122

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