Re: Default font in Mathematica 9

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg129017] Re: Default font in Mathematica 9*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 01:32:57 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newout@smc.vnet.net*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newsend@smc.vnet.net*References*: <k9hptr$1ie$1@smc.vnet.net> <20121204090910.06002687F@smc.vnet.net> <20121205081017.DBF5368CE@smc.vnet.net> <9169391.2908.1354788167189.JavaMail.root@m06> <20121207064213.D6D73694B@smc.vnet.net>

I completely agree with everything you say about style. Note: You already can insert a line-return in a Text cell without creating a new cell. However, when you begin a new paragraph within a Text cell by inserting a blank line, the intervening space is far too high. To fix that, I use a single line-return and then apply a little palette whose sole function is to change one of the cell's options to: ParagraphSpacing -> {0.5, 0} (The palette is not mine; I forget who suggested it in MathGroup some time ago.) On Dec 7, 2012, at 1:42 AM, djmpark <djmpark at comcast.net> wrote: > Maybe because in beta testing WRI is less interested in design suggestions > and more interested in whether Mathematica crashes or performs incorrectly > in some manner. > > The style sheet changes were gratuitous and unnecessary - although I do > rather like the Arial Text font. Users who design their own style sheets > usually start with the Default style so when WRI changes that they are > affecting a lot of users` custom work. > > The problem with style sheets is that everyone has their own taste, which > may be conditioned by what they are used to. > > Nevertheless, I would like to suggest a few principles for good style > sheets. > > 1) There should not be too great a variation in font size between a Title > cell and a Text cell, else the text becomes too small or the title looks > like a billboard. Differences in font style could compensate for smaller > changes in font size. (WRI has a tendency to deemphasize text, either > putting it in a small font or lightening the color.) > > 2) All fonts should be black. Color coding does not have an intrinsic > meaning to readers. It can serve mainly to differentiate but is not needed > on what is already differentiated. (Tufte's "minimum effective difference".) > > 3) All Section, Subsection, etc., headers should have group openers. Very > intelligent readers may still not know about double clicking the cell > brackets, which are not even normally visible. The group openers are more > standard and intuitive. They are also an additional indication of a section > in a notebook. But there should not be group openers on Titles, Subtitles > and Subsubtitles or on Input/Output groups. (And I would prefer it if the > Close All Groups menu command operated only on the various Section levels.) > > 4) Text cells should have the same font size as Output cells. This is the > style in most printed technical material. Output cells should be unadorned > and look like Text cells. Then, if the Input cells are closed, the document > will read like a normal paper. > > 5) Text cell should allow a line-return without creating a new cell. Then it > is possible to write extended semi-formatted textual discussion. Textual > discussion is often an important element of notebooks, on a par with > Input/Output. Default style behaves correctly here but some styles such as > Journal Article don't. > > > David Park > djmpark at comcast.net > http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/index.html > > > > From: Fred Simons [mailto:f.h.simons at tue.nl] > > > The new stylesheet default.nb turned up in the last beta release. I was > heavily shocked observing this. All my course material, using the old > default style, now looks terrible. I wrote an angry reaction to wri, > suggesting that at least users should have the choice using the old or the > new default.nb, but never got a response. > > Fred > > --- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2838 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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