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Re: SetOptions does not work with Grid

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  • Subject: [mg115784] Re: SetOptions does not work with Grid
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:33:09 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <igmcri$5e$> <ih3rdm$bgu$> <ih6eb4$3dl$>

In article <ih6eb4$3dl$1 at>,
 Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychurch at> wrote:

> As it happens I just asked tech support today why SetOptions doesn't
> work with Grid (or Column) but does work with Row. The answer was that
> Row is a RowBox and Grid and Column are GridBoxes. "GridBox does not
> support SetOptions"
> In other words it doesn't work because SetOptions isn't supported but
> no explanation of why SetOptions isn't, or can't be, supported.
> Interestingly to demonstrate this behaviour of GridBox the response
> was first to Options[GridBox], to show the options, then
> SetOptions[GridBox] to get the message. Then do the same for RowBox.
> When you do that you see that the system tells you GridBox has options
> but you cant SetOptions (you get a message), whereas RowBox doesn't
> have options (empty list) but you can SetOptions!

Just a few more additions to Mathematica's extensive "gotcha!" list 
(or, as someone else started calling them -- and it's a great label -- 
"Today's WTF" list.

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