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Re: Timer event

Some time ago we discussed here a kind of alike situation. The code below is used to
dynamically accentuate a displayed expression. Namely, a part of an expression is made blinking few times upon the
mouse click. It utilizes the Clock function for showing the dynamic accentuation only for a certain time, that looks
to be what you are looking for. Have a look:

Ac[expr_] :=
    DynamicModule[{c1 = 0},
                                             If[c1 == 0, 
            Style[expr, Black, Plain, 22, Italic] // ExpressionCell,
            Dynamic@If[Clock[1, 0.7, 2] < .5,
         Style[expr, Gray, Plain, 22, Italic] // ExpressionCell,
         Style[expr, RGBColor[0.8, 0, 0], Bold, 23, Italic]] // 
         {"MouseDown" :> (c1 = c1 /. {0 -> 1, 1 -> 0})}

(* The following is only to show an example of its use *)
Row[{"F=\[Integral]{" , 
    " \!\(\*FractionBox[\"1\", \
   \[Eta]\", \"2\"]\)+\!\(\*FractionBox[\"1\", \
   \"4\"]\)\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\"\[Beta]\[Eta]\", \
   \"4\"]\)+\!\(\*FractionBox[\"1\", \"6\"]\)\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\"\
   \[Gamma]\[Eta]\", \"6\"]\)" // Ac, 
    " + \!\(\*FractionBox[\"1\", \
   \"2\"]\)(\[Del]\[Eta]\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\")\", \"2\"]\)" // Ac, 
    " +\!\(\*FractionBox[\"1\", 
   RowBox[{\" \", \"2\"}]]\)\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\"C\", \
   \"ijkl\"]\)\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\"\[Epsilon]\", \
   \"ij\"]\)\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\"\[Epsilon]\", \"kl\"]\)" // Ac, 
    " + \!\(\*SubscriptBox[\"A\[Epsilon]\", \
   \"ii\"]\)\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\"\[Eta]\", \"2\"]\)" // Ac, 
    "}\!\(\*SuperscriptBox[\"d\", \"3\"]\)R" }]

Hope it helps, Alexei

An post in 2005/2006 asked about creating a timer or perhaps more
accurately a timer event in Mathematica.  The responses recommend
using JLink and an AddPerioical routine described in the JLink
documentation in version 5.2.

I'd like to create a timer event or perhaps a number of such timer
events such that Mathematica would run some function or take some
action at a specified time.

Can one do this any more directly in Mathematca, without using JLink?


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