Re: Inconsistent syntax for Row and Column?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg92747] Re: Inconsistent syntax for Row and Column?*From*: yatesd at mac.com*Date*: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 04:32:10 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <gcq07h$c0r$1@smc.vnet.net>

I have encountered that as well. It is very difficult to add formatting when using Row. Row, Column, and Grid are all new functions in Mathematica 6. They appear to be what I would call 'helper' functions, in that they make it easier to create the underlying 'box forms' which represent the formatting you want. In previous versions, you were forced to work with the box forms directly, which required considerable effort in reading the documentation and experimentation. The inconsistency lies in the fact that Row creates a RowBox, which has no options (Options[RowBox] = {} ), whereas Column creates a GridBox, which has many options including BaseStyle (evaluate Options[GridBox] to see them). Many of the options to GridBox allow control of formatting. The function Grid also creates a GridBox. This points to one solution to the problem: use Grid[{{Row[{"hello", "world"}]}},BaseStyle- >{RGBColor[0,0,1],FontFamily->"Times"}] (assuming you want 'helloworld' to be one word) or Grid[{{"hello", "world"}},BaseStyle- >{RGBColor[0,0,1],FontFamily->"Times"}] if you want 1 row with 2 columns, where 'hello' is in the first column and 'world' is in the second. As far as I know, there is no ColumnBox. I think fundamentally RowBox and GridBox are quite different underlying constructs, but the functions Row, Column, and Grid seem to imply that they all create some sort of underlying grid, whereas Row is clearly different to Column and Grid. As you point out, using Style is often the easiest way to create the formatting you want. Style creates a StyleBox, which I believe is new to Mathematica 6. It is fine when what you want is not too complicated, but for anything where you want particular rows, columns or cells to have special formatting, you are best using Grid (or learning how to use GridBox directly). Unfortunately, the documentation on GridBox is pretty sparse. Regards, Derek