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Re: Error using Notebook?

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  • Subject: [mg81437] Re: Error using Notebook?
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 04:35:21 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • References: <fd2g89$s87$1@smc.vnet.net>

John wrote:

> In Wellin, page 311,  3-rd edition, the instructions:
> 
> 
>   Notebook[{
>       cell["Demo notebook","Section"],
--------^^^^
Mathematica names are *always* written with a capital: so Cell rather 
than cell

>       cell["This is a text cell","Text"],
>       cell["1+2+3","Input"]
>      }]
> ]
--^
Extraneous square bracket

> 
> printed the cell contents on Untitled-1, but nothing was printed, when
> I tried it.
> 
> I am using Mathematica 6.

When written correctly, the expression works fine with version 6. Note 
that, as indicated in the book (paragraph just above the following 
code), the notebook expression must be save in a text file. Then, when 
one opens the file within Mathematica, the contents will be interpreted 
as a notebook and the cells will be displayed as expected.

---------- The code below should be saved in a text file, say mynote.nb
Notebook[{
       Cell["Demo notebook","Section"],
       Cell["This is a text cell","Text"],
       Cell["1+2+3","Input"]
      }]
---------- end of the file mynote.nb

Also, you can copy and past the above expression within a already opened 
notebook. Mathematica will recognized that this expression is indeed a 
notebook and a dialog box will be displayed asking if the user wants to 
interpret it as a notebook.

Regards,
-- 
Jean-Marc


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