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Re: CompleteCharacters Palette in v6?

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  • Subject: [mg81600] Re: [mg81579] CompleteCharacters Palette in v6?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 02:23:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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The short answer:  No, but you can beg, borrow, or steal -- well, maybe 
not steal -- the Version 5.x Complete Characters palette and use it with 
Mathematica 6.x.  Just put it into the SystemFiles/FrontEnd/Palettes 
subdirectory of your $UserAddOnsDirectory.

The long answer:  There's a "Special Characters" palette in Version 6 
that includes all those characters.  But some of us find it quite 
awkward to use: First you have to click a drop-down list in the palette 
to select the class of character.  Second, you have to click the 
character on the resulting page on the palette,  Third, you have to 
click an Insert button there.

The pre-version 6 "Complete Characters" palette I found much easier to 
use, as it was organized more like a notebook with the various general 
categories (Letters, Letter-like Forms, etc.) and sub-categories (Greek, 
Script, etc.) presented like section and sub-section groups that could 
be opened or closed with a click on a group-open-close-icon.  The whole 
palette could be quickly scrolled vertically.  And, finally, 
double-clicking the character inserted it into the selected notebook. 
No further Insert button action was required.

That WRI supplanted the Complete Characters palette with the Special 
Characters palette is to my mind one of the dumbest design decisions 
made forversion 6.

Coleman, Mark wrote:
> Greetings,
> In Mathematica v5.2 there was a very nice palette called CompleteCharacters. Is
> there a comparable one in v6, or a simple way to recreate it?
> Thanks,
> -Mark

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
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Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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