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Re: Text-based interface: Editing line input

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  • Subject: [mg91918] Re: Text-based interface: Editing line input
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 05:30:51 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gaaquo$12q$>

For general use of Mathematica I believe users should stay with front end 
notebooks. Otherwise, they will spend most their time on computer science 
rather than mathematics. Notebooks are the way Mathematica is basically 
designed to work. Notebooks allow the writing of classical looking documents 
and the accumulation of embedded knowledge. These are powerful features that 
should not be lightly given up.

A few people may have special requirements to connect Mathematica to other 
software, but most people should use notebooks. It's difficult enough to 
learn Mathematica as it is!

David Park
djmpark at

"Ken Johnson" <othojunk at> wrote in message 
news:gaaquo$12q$1 at
>I have been enjoying mathematica, for a bit. While some might consider me a 
>minimalist, I enjoy the text-based interface over the notebook style usage. 
>However I severely miss the ability to move the cursor left and right for 
>editing a single line. The documentation itself suggests pasting lines, but 
>most of my pasting requires a little editing too. So instead of pasting 
>whole lines of input, I resort to partial line paste, adding different 
>text, then pasting the remaining relevant portion of a line.
> Is there any way to be able to freely move the cursor on a line? I have 
> obviously tried the arrow keys, and also have tried emacs style movements 
> as well with no luck (ctrl-b ctrl-f for backwards and forewards). Any 
> suggestions?

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