Re: Cell["\<\ ... \>", ... ; TextData[...]

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg114773] Re: Cell["\<\ ... \>", ... ; TextData[...]*From*: Albert Retey <awnl at gmx-topmail.de>*Date*: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 05:51:11 -0500 (EST)*References*: <ieadjv$r90$1@smc.vnet.net>

Am 15.12.2010 13:51, schrieb kj: > When I examine the source code of Mathematica notebooks, I often > see Cell objects whose first argument is preceded by > > "\<\ > > and followed by > > \ > \>" > > E.g. > > Cell["\<\ > Yet another undocumented item.\ > \>", "Text"... > > What do these delimiters mean? And how do they differ from the > TextData symbol? (The latter is also undocumented, but at least > I've seen "cameo appearances" of it in the documentation.) there is something that is called short box form, which lets you enter 2d box input in just linear strings. I think it is nothing that you would actually ever have need for and is mostly used just internally, at least nowadays. I think there was some documentation about it in earlier versions but I didn't find anything in newer versions (except for the ShowShortBoxForm option). Instead of these cryptic forms you can almost everywhere use the explicit Boxes-expressions, so I wonder why you are interested in these? hth, albert