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*Subject*: [mg111613] Re: Suggestions
*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
*Date*: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 01:33:14 -0400 (EDT)
First, one can never tell ahead of time what might emerge in a
subsequent version!
Second, as to size of typeset fractions: the often unpleasant small size
is akin to the default behavior the "gold standard" of mathematical
typesetting, namely, LaTeX. There the size of fractions in in-line math
automatically shrinks, but if you want to resize it larger, you can
explicitly do so by inserting a markup command to say to use display
style, which sets numerator and denominator in normal size -- with the
result, of course, that the line with such an in-line fraction becomes
higher than normal and extra inter-line leading has to be introduced
(automatically), which can lead to unpleasant results.
(So what mechanism would you want to control fraction size, and how
would you want the inter-line spacing to be handled. (AFAIK, Mathematica
does not a distinction between typesetting in-line math and display math.)
Third, as to indicating where an error is: perhaps part of the
difficulty here the very syntax of Mathematica. Syntactical scanning of
an expression is not such a simple thing. Here I contrast with J or APL,
where there is a fairly strict left-to-right or right-to-left
syntactical scanning, so that it is essentially trivial to determine
where an error occurs.
On 8/6/2010 6:56 AM, S. B. Gray wrote:
> This was posted in 2003:
>
> "Selwyn Hollis"<selwynh at earthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:bgcupq$9qi$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> > > 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)
> 6. MAKE THE FOUND OBJECT HIGHLIGHT MORE VISIBLE (when you do search)
> 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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