HoldForm, TraditionalForm Bug?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg88664] HoldForm, TraditionalForm Bug?*From*: "David Park" <djmpark at comcast.net>*Date*: Mon, 12 May 2008 04:43:46 -0400 (EDT)

Here is a polynomial. Mathematica rearranges the order of the terms. x y - x^3 - 1 -1 - x^3 + x y I would like to display the polynomial without rearranging the order. So I use a HoldForm. HoldForm[x y - x^3 - 1] x y-x^3-1 But then I would also like to display it with TraditionalForm to obtain the single character italics. So I use: HoldForm[x y - x^3 - 1] // TraditionalForm -x^3+y x-1 (actually TraditionalForm but the terms rearranged) I regard it as a bug that Mathematica rearranges the order of the terms in this expression. Furthermore, if the expression were used in a Plot label, TraditionalForm is now automatically used and the terms will be rearranged. A workaround is to use: Style[HoldForm[x y - x^3 - 1], SingleLetterItalics -> True, FontFamily -> "Times"] x y-x^3-1 (looks like TraditionalForm) If I try to use this in a plot it is quite convoluted! ContourPlot[x y - x^3 + 1 == 0, {x, -5, 5}, {y, -10, 15}, Exclusions -> {x == 0}, PlotLabel -> (Style[HoldForm[V[x y - x^3 - 1]], SingleLetterItalics -> True, FontFamily -> "Times"] // StandardForm)] -- David Park djmpark at comcast.net http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: HoldForm, TraditionalForm Bug?***From:*Carl Woll <carlw@wolfram.com>