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Making parts of formulae blinking

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  • Subject: [mg91171] Making parts of formulae blinking
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 07:14:45 -0400 (EDT)

Dear MathGroup members,

making presentations on Mathematics or Physics, sometimes I need to 
discuss independently of one another certain parts of mathematical 
expressions belonging to the same formula. This requires to separate 
them out or somehow to highlight them. Such an aim may be achieved in 
several ways. Say, below  a simple mathematical formula is defined. It 
consists of two parts. By a mouse click one of the parts is blended 
while the other changes its color to a more striking:

part1 = Graphics[
   Text[Style["AB+", "Times New Roman", Italic, 22,
     FontColor -> Dynamic[col1]]], ImageSize -> {80, 70}];
part2 = Graphics[
   Text[Style["xy", "Times New Roman", Italic, 22,
     FontColor -> Dynamic[col2]]], ImageSize -> {80, 70}];
collst1 = {Black, Black};
collst2 = {Blue, Gray};
collst3 = {Gray, Blue};
DynamicModule[{col1 = Black, col2 = Black},
   GraphicsRow[{part1, part2},
    Spacings -> -35], {"MouseClicked" :> ({col1,
        col2} = {col1, col2} /.{collst3 -> collst1,
         collst1 -> collst2, collst2 -> collst3})}]]

Now comes my question:

It would still better catch the eye, if (before the part in question 
will definitely change its color to Blue) it blinks few times. Say, it 
may change few times its color between blue and gray, or it may  
increase and decrease its size few times or so.

Have you an idea of how to reach such a result?

My system is Windows XP/Mathematica 6.0.1

Thank you,

Alexei Boulbitch, Dr., Habil.
Senior Scientist

ZAE Weiergewan
11, rue Edmond Reuter
L-5326 Contern

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