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Bug of NotebookRead

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  • Subject: [mg100125] Bug of NotebookRead
  • From: Hannes Kessler <HannesKessler at hushmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 06:18:55 -0400 (EDT)

Hello,

cell tags could be very useful to extract quickly selected information
from notebooks, see David Reiss presentation
http://scientificarts.com/worklife/conference2008.html

But be aware of the following bug of NotebookRead applied to tagged
cells in a structured notebook with sections and subsections:
The section cell and the input / output cells in the example are
tagged, but not the subsection cell. The resulting notebook contains
only the section cell. The tagged input/ouput cells are lost as a
consequence of the read notebook data containing a wrong CellGroupData
[[{Cell[..]},Cell[..]] instead of a correct CellGroupData[[{Cell
[..],Cell[..]}]. This could be fixed by a corresponding replacement
rule. But the second input/output cell is missing completely and
cannot be recovered at all.

notebook1 = Notebook[{
    Cell["Section 1", "Section", CellTags -> "zzz"],
    Cell["Subsection 1 (no tag)", "Subsection"],
    Cell[BoxData[RowBox[{"x", "=", "1"}]], "Input", CellTags ->
"zzz"],
    Cell[BoxData["1"], "Output", CellTags -> "zzz"],
    Cell[BoxData[RowBox[{"y", "=", "2"}]], "Input", CellTags ->
"zzz"],
    Cell[BoxData["2"], "Output", CellTags -> "zzz"]
    }];
notebookObject = NotebookPut[notebook1, WindowTitle -> "Notebook 1"];
NotebookFind[notebookObject, "zzz", All, CellTags];
notebookData = NotebookRead[notebookObject]
notebook2 = Notebook[Flatten[{notebookData}]];
NotebookPut[notebook2, WindowTitle -> "Notebook 2"];

Did anybody encounter this problem, are there workarounds? I am new to
the tagging approach and a bit frustrated as this was my very first
experience with it.

I am using Mathematica 7.0.1 on Windows XP

Best regards,
Hannes Kessler


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