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Re: Suggestions

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  • Subject: [mg111637] Re: Suggestions
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2010 07:22:22 -0400 (EDT)

One can control whether fractions change their script size and other
features with the FractionBoxOptions.

fraction = Style[(a + b)/c, 
   FractionBoxOptions -> {AllowScriptLevelChange -> False}]; 

Then to write a Text cell with the fraction:
1) Write the text and leave a place for the Inline cell.
2) Put fraction into the Inline cell and evaluate in place.

You can also control text format with the LineIndent and LineSpacing

Presentations used to have an Antialiasing command, but now that Version 6
introduced it as the default standard the shoe is on the other foot and it
has an Aliasing command! Many users might not be aware that Antialiasing can
be turned on and off, not just for an entire graphic but also for individual
primitives. If you are drawing horizontal or vertical lines then
Antialiasing will often cause them to be slightly fuzzy and thick depending
on their exact placement on the screen. By turning Antialiasing off for
these particular lines you can sharpen them up. You will notice that WRI
does not use Antialiasing on Frames and Ticks.

David Park
djmpark at  

From: Murray Eisenberg [mailto:murray at] 

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>  wrote in message
> news:bgcupq$9qi$1 at
>   >  >  Print preview should certainly be near the top of any wish list.
>   >  >  if you're fortunate enough to have a Mac w/OS X, printing to PDF
>   >  >  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
>   >  >  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
> 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;
> 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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