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Re: Mathematica 8 docs online now!

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  • Subject: [mg113920] Re: Mathematica 8 docs online now!
  • From: Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychurch at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 07:04:31 -0500 (EST)
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On Nov 17, 9:27 pm, "Hans Michel" <hmic... at cox.net> wrote:
> Please see the thread from 8/10/2010 " Frontend suggestions". You
> are not the only one thinking of this.
>
> WRI has been asked the question in the past outside this forum. There
> probably is a philosophy or principle behind the current workflow. I
> currently can't find reference to such a principle.
>
> Anyone who has taught or sat in a class room with a blackboard when you run
> out of vertical space you move horizontally to the next blackboard segment.
> The analogy fails for Mathematica because you should be using it to solve
> any initially stated problem, not to write out the steps. So if the
> application is working as designed you should get an answer in the next
> Out[]. But sometimes I want the Out[] in another column next to the In[];
> not vertically below it.
>
> We need compelling reasons other than I want my paper to look like journal
> X's 2 column format.
>
> Why would we need alterative composition in the FrontEnd?
>
> Nevertheless, the new version 8 features look promising.
>
> Hans
>



Sorry if I've misunderstood, but are you talking about a "whiteboard"
type paradigm like another system has?



>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peltio [mailto:pel... at twilight.zone]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 4:04 AM
> Subject:  Re: Mathematica 8 docs online now!
>
> Sjoerd C. de Vries scriveva il 15-Nov-10 :
> > Subject says it all: right now the doc pages of the new mathematica
> > version 8 are online on the WRI reference section.
>
> http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/guide/SummaryOfNewFeaturesIn...
>
> Lots and lots of new (and sometimes very advanced) stuff, but still -
> to my knowledge (*) - no simple way to arrange a notebook's text and
> input cells on multiple columns.
> It seems that Mathematica can only have a simple linear layout,
>
> |
> |  text
> |
> |  formula
> |
> |  figure
> |
> |  text
> |
> |  ...
> |
> |
> V
>
> like most books printed in 18xx and 19xx.
>
> - Yes I'm aware one can create cumbersome tables and put text and
> graphics in different columns. What Mathematica lacks (in my opinion, but
> maybe
> I am the only one on Earth thinking that) is a New Kind of Layout.
> Perhaps a new supercell structure that can accomodate multiple cells
> (input, text, graphics...) in two or more (simply expandable) columns.
>
> Just wishing.
> Maybe the Front-end Gods will implement something like that in
> Mathematica 14. :-]
>
> Peltio
>
> (*) I hope to be proved wrong.



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