Re: When can Mathematica have a decent Find dialogue?
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- Subject: [mg107494] Re: When can Mathematica have a decent Find dialogue?
- From: Albert Retey <awnl at gmx-topmail.de>
- Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 08:17:48 -0500 (EST)
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Am 14.02.2010 11:57, schrieb BernieTheJet:Hi, > I don't know how many times I have muttered under my breath that > someone should complain about the lousy Find in Mathematica... but now finally > I have decided to take some action for the greater good of all. on this, I have to absolutely agree :-) > First, instead of like the Find in other math softwares I use, Mathematica > requires I hit three (actually six) keys just to do what they do with > a Ctrl-F or an F3 key: Ctrl-C, Ctrl-F, Ctrl-V. Jeez, what a pain. > Why do I have to copy the expression I want to search for myself? > 'F1' somehow is smart enough to select the entire word, why can't > Find? > Then, there is no 'Find whole word' option. Very annoying. Every > little fragment of a word has to be pondered. Good point, I also wonder whether it would be very difficult to provide the Expression-Pattern-Search that is available in the Workbench, actually a real highlight of the workbench that hardly gets any coverage... > Then, there is no 'Undo', so that if one accidentally hits 'Replace > All' instead of 'Replace' one might as well just throw away the entire > notebook and start over. > > Then, there is no option to skip Output and just search Input, so > every instance of a symbol that really doesn't need to be corrected > must be considered. > > Then, the Find dialogue drops below the searched notebook whenever one > switches over to do some edits so that unless one has two screens one > is forced to do Ctrl-F again to get it back. > > Then, the dialogue doesn't remember values all the time when switching > back and forth so that if one goes back to Copy some other value, for > a replacement value for example, the first value might revert to > whatever value was there when it opened. > > Then, there is no 'Find First' - a pretty standard operation, no? > > And finally, the layout of the buttons is a bit non-ergonomic and > confusing. Really, if they just copied the Find from another leading > competitor we'd all be better off. > > Am I wrong? I don't think you are wrong and hope someone with the possibility to change the Find will listen... cheers albert