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  • Subject: [mg111581] Suggestions
  • From: "S. B. Gray" <stevebg at ROADRUNNER.COM>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 06:56:53 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: stevebg at ROADRUNNER.COM

This was posted in 2003:

"Selwyn Hollis" <selwynh at> wrote in message
news:bgcupq$9qi$1 at
 > > Print preview should certainly be near the top of any wish list. (But
 > > if you're fortunate enough to have a Mac w/OS X, printing to PDF is
 > > almost as good.)
 > >
 > > To any such wish list I'd also add, in no particular order:
 > >
 > > * antialiasing of graphics!!
 > > * flexible top/bottom cell margins
 > > * serious undo functionality
 > > * real unicode support (on the Mac anyway)
 > > * better find/replace (e.g., replace all in selection)
 > > * robust import of eps and pdf graphics
 > > * less need for tweaking to make expressions look right; namely:
 > >       ** better typesetting of fractions (size should not be connected
 > > to sub/superscript multiplier)
 > >** more consistent and reliable placement of sub/superscripts
 > >** more consistent and reliable spacing
 > >** more consistent and reliable sizing of summation and integral signs

To which I would add:

1. Make word wrap work in a rational way. At present, it sucks.
2. Allow noncontiguous selection of text like MS Word (finally) does
3. Get a text menu displayed, again like MS Word
4. Allow making actual margins around graphics variable
5. Make the cell properties more visible (the stripes on the right edge)
7. MAKE THE ERROR MESSAGES USEFUL(Mathematica knows where the error is; why 
doesn't it tell you?)

8. Give some indication that Wolfram listens to its customers.
9. I expect a certain number of these suggestions and Hollis' to be 
acted on, namely zero.

Steve Gray

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