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Re: Problem with strings and backslashes

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• Subject: [mg99746] Re: Problem with strings and backslashes
• From: David Bailey <dave at removedbailey.co.uk>
• Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 05:06:39 -0400 (EDT)
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LordBeotian wrote:
> I'm trying to work with strings wich are LaTeX codes of formulas. I
> want to make substitution of particular substrings. The problem is
> that Mathematica (5.1) has a strange behaviour with the backslashes.
> When it finds "\tau" it removes the "\t" in the output. The same
> happen with "\right" which becomes "ight". To make it work properly I
> need to manually add on the input an additional backslash  at the
> beginning of "\tau" and "\right": "\\tau" becames "\tau". But in this
> way my work go on too slowly. What can I do?
>
One answer might be to use some other character - of which there are
plenty in Mathematica - instead of the backslash, and then use
StringReplace somewhere in your code to change it into the backslash
character.

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



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