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Re: Formating ::usage strings

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  • Subject: [mg93852] Re: Formating ::usage strings
  • From: Albert Retey <awnl at>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 05:29:56 -0500 (EST)
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dr DanW schrieb:
> Does anybody know how to format usage strings from within Workbench?
> I would like to create usage strings with italicized and subscripted
> arguments similar to the built-in usage strings (try ?Plot for an
> example).  I know that in theory I can painstakingly create all the Box
> [] structures to do this, but there must be a simpler way.  I seem to
> recall seeing at a conference a Wolfram developer make a couple of
> simple keystrokes to do this, but I was too overwhelmed by the
> coolness to write down what he did.
> After playing with it a bit, it looks like (in Mathematica) I can type
> the argument, select it, go to Format>Style>Other, and give it the
> style TI.  Subscripting can be done in the usual Control_ way.  After
> formating the string in Mathematica, I can copy/paste the result into
> Workbench. So it looks like I have a way to get around it, but I swear
> there is a shortcut to all this.  Does anybody know what I am talking
> about?

Not sure, but I think what you have seen was ShortBoxForm, e.g.:

f::usage = "\!\(x\_1\)"

which I still exists in current versions, but is not documented at least
in version 6. There is some information in the legacy documentation,
e.g. here:


(scroll to the end, "String Based Input").



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