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Re: How to write reports and books in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg109683] Re: How to write reports and books in Mathematica
  • From: Peltio <peltio at twilight.zone>
  • Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 07:31:37 -0400 (EDT)
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Il 09-May-10, David Park ha detto :
> Per,
>
> This can be approached at different levels.
>
> First, I'm not familiar with the capabilities and pricing of the various
> versions of Mathematica but, if you can manage it and plan to do a lot of
> technical work, get up to date with the latest version and keep up to date.
> There is a world of difference between Version 7 and Version 5. The dynamics
> and improved graphics extend the ability to communicate by an order of
> magnitude - or more.

My biggest gripe when using Mathematica as a word processor was the lack of 
tables and columns in the basic layout of a notebook. Having everything 
in just one single column was so 1800s ...

I remember some package or add-on could be used to add two-columns 
capability to Mathematica (in fact, I believe that many books on Mathematica,
like Roman Maeder's were written with something like that), but I believe 
such a basic functionality should be built-in, in order for everyone to 
take advantage of it.

Has this been added in the latest versions of Mathematica? I don't remember to 
have seen it advertised anywhere.

It would be nice to have a "columns" or "table" entry in the Format 
menu that makes the notebook from the cursor onward a two (or n) column 
table. In this way it would be possible to have text on one side and 
code and output on the other. Or to have multicolum text (eventually 
flowing from one column to the other if suitable options are given).

Is it so difficul to add such a functionality in the form of a new 
Layout[] construct?



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