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Re: Frontend suggestions

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  • Subject: [mg111739] Re: Frontend suggestions
  • From: "S. B. Gray" <stevebg at ROADRUNNER.COM>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 05:27:00 -0400 (EDT)
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On 8/10/2010 12:55 AM, David Bailey wrote:
> Since the subject of possible enhancements to the FE is being discussed,
> I wonder if we could determine which feature would be most popular. I
> have two requests:
> 1)  Infinite undo!
> 2)  Better documentation of functions such as Import that perform a
> range of operations. So many details seem to slip between the cracks.
> For example, nowhere does there seem to be a statement that .mid files
> can be exported but not imported!
> 3)  A total ban on the word "typical" - it doesn't belong in
> documentation that is supposed to be definitive!
> Please add suggestions in replies and we can see which is the most popular.
> David Bailey
I vote for infinite undo, AND -

1. MUCH more rational behavior of text handling in general. Some of the 
things it does are either gross bugs or totally bizarre decisions. If 
anyone else cares I will list the ones that bug me the most. Given all 
the dumb things that it does I would never consider it for serious 
writing tasks.

2. Selection of noncontiguous text like MS Word (finally) does, so you 
can apply changes to a bunch of separated text all at once.

3. Better visibility of cell properties for example non-evaluatable, 
text cells, etc.

4. Better visibility of found strings during searches. I waste time 
trying to find the things it just found. Add backwards searches and 
better notification of what it's doing.

5. An easy way to have Print work more like it does in C (a language 
that I hate). Specifically a way to print pieces of lines while Mathematica is 
calculating rather than Print working only in whole lines.

Steve Gray

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