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Re: Creating Palettes


DOD wrote:
> I've just tried to create a palette in v6, it is much harder than it
> was in v5- is there a reason I can no longer "create a palette" from
> the edit menu, and then "generate from selection"?  Anyway, I figured
> out the tedious way to do it v6, but it won't create buttons I want:
> 
> CreatePalette[{PasteButton[a^2], PasteButton[b^2],
>    PasteButton[a^3], PasteButton[b^3],
>    PasteButton[(1 - a)], PasteButton[(1 - b)],
>    PasteButton[(1 - a)^2], PasteButton[(1 - b)^2],
>    PasteButton[(1 - a)^3], PasteButton[(1 - b)^3]
>    }
>   ];
> 
> The parentheses around "(1-a)" and "(1-b)" are never created when I
> press the buttons, only "1-a" and "1-b", which is obviously a problem
> if I'm multiplying things.  This defeats the purpose of the palette
> saving keystrokes.  Is there anyway to do this?
> 
If you want a paste button that represents multiplication then it is 
probably best to use:

PasteButton[\[SelectionPlaceholder](1-a)]

Using this form of button, you can select an expression - say a+b and 
get a correctly parenthesised product:

(a+b)(1-a)

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk


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