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Re: typesetting problems or bugs? need a professional

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  • Subject: [mg115058] Re: typesetting problems or bugs? need a professional
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 04:08:33 -0500 (EST)

Many thanks for pointing out \[VeryThinSpace] and \[InvisibleSpace]. 
They will save me lots of time in typesetting delta-x's and such things 
within Text cells, where I want the 2nd character to be typeset italic. 
Until now, I had to do the painfully slow step of stopping the flow (or 
coming back later), highlighting the x, and explicitly making it italic.

On 12/29/2010 5:57 AM, Simon wrote:
> Your problems 1 and 2 are not really problems. Mathematica behaves this way so
> that expressions like sin and log are typeset properly (unlike TeX,
> Mathematica does not use an escape character for such objects). If you really
> want to reduce the space between your \[CapitalDelta] and your x, try
> using a \[VeryThinSpace] (<esc>  </esc>) or an \[InvisibleSpace]
> (<esc>is</esc>).
> As for a stylesheet that mathematicians would use to write a
> professional manuscript I can't really help you.
> If you can't find one out there, then maybe you could try writing your
> own.
> Read the tips in the documentation center:
> Also David Park's tips:
> If you have any specific questions/problems post them at this
> newsgroup or at
> If you do find or write one, maybe you could document it at
> Simon
> On Dec 29, 1:19 am, sean k<seaninso... at>  wrote:
>> Hello Group.
>> I'm having multiple problems while trying to typeset a few notes and
>> other documents. Main thing has seem to be the Mathematica's tendency
>> to change italics to non-italics automatically under certain
>> circumstances.
>> I am using "textbook stylesheet."  If I use the default stylesheet,
>> the line spacing is screwed up. So far it seems like textbook
>> stylesheet gives me what I need.
>> I'm also using ctrl9 and ctrl 0 to open and close any formula portion
>> of the text.  That seems to make the formulas look nice and
>> mathematical. ie. italicized.
>> But I'm encountering a few problems that I just can't get around. So
>> first use the textbook stylesheet under menu>format>stylesheet>book>
>> textbook.  Then these formulas are entered in a text cell by first
>> typing ctrl9 to open the invisible formula box. Then when done
>> inputting, ctrl0 will end close the box.
>> I'm running windows vista home edition 64 bit and Mathematica v8. I
>> also have v7 installled. The problem seems to the same in both
>> versions.
>> 1. Typing \[CapitalDelta]y \[TildeTilde] f'(x)\[CapitalDelta] x .
>> If I remove that space between \[CapitalDelta] x to \[CapitalDelta]x,
>> it will change the italics to non-italics.
>> 2. d/(d x) vs d/dx
>> First ctrl9 then crtl/  to make the fraction. And if I put in d/d x
>> into the fraction box, it will retain the italics.  but if I put in  =
> d/
>> dx, the italics go away.
>> So the space makes the italics go away in both cases.
>> 3. Lastly, I would really like to get a hands on a stylesheet that
>> most mathematicians would use to, say, write a professional manuscript
>> or a textbook or maybe even a thesis.  Can anyone help me here?
>> Thanks a lot in advance for any info.
>> Sean

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