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Re: Sneaky white space

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  • Subject: [mg113444] Re: Sneaky white space
  • From: Helen Read <readhpr at>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 06:27:01 -0400 (EDT)
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On 10/28/2010 4:26 AM, David Bailey wrote:
> I think the lesson to learn from that - which I find useful from time to
> time - is that if a piece of input seems to generate spurious syntax
> errors, or responds in some very peculiar way, it is worth trying
> re-typing it, possibly by cutting and pasting the text in question to a
> text editor and back again!

This happens with my students occasionally, and if trying the usual 
Clear["`*"] and re-evaluate doesn't fix the issue, I will have them 
retype in a new input cell, without copying/pasting what they had 
before. It fixes those hidden problems every time.

Helen Read
University of Vermont

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