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Re: The side-effects of mixing TraditionalForm inside expressions.
On 7/7/10 at 7:43 AM, dave at removedbailey.co.uk (David Bailey) wrote: >I have always thought WRI could usefully change the wording that >appears in the documentation of all these wrapper functions: >"InputForm acts as a "wrapper", which affects display, but not >evaluation." >Of course, they DO affect evaluation! I don't see this as any more correct that the current documentation. The problem with saying evaluation is or is not affected in your statement above or the documentation, is neither specifies what is being evaluated. What would be more complete is to say InputForm and similar functions affect the display of their arguments but not the evaluation of their arguments. They do output a different expression than what would exist had they not been used. That is, evaluation of the argument to InputForm is not changed. Subsequent evaluation of what is returned is affected by usage of InputForm.