Re: log-like symbols?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg124530] Re: log-like symbols?*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 07:29:31 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*References*: <201201181102.GAA16692@smc.vnet.net> <jf8qn5$3qf$1@smc.vnet.net> <201201211016.FAA10123@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

A simple(-minded?) explanation: try instead just creating a Text cell This is a test with _no_ in-line math there. Copy it as LaTeX and look at the result in a text editor. You'll see that the text is inside a LaTeX \text{} function. I presume the purpose is to protect the user from inadvertently pasting what should really be text into a LaTeX math expression or display-math environment and having it interpreted as a long product of symbols. And I suppose the underlying reason for having that protection was the expectation that users would ordinarily just be copying into LaTeX math. On 1/21/12 5:16 AM, Alan wrote: > In answer to Murray's question, some LaTeX symbols are called "log-like": > http://omega.albany.edu:8008/Symbols.html > This affects how they are typeset. > > Bill's answer gave me a good clue: > if I am entering math in StandardForm, > then such log-like symbols are recognized by Mathematica, > although it does not display them differently. > E.g., if I enter ln(x) in a math cell and then > change to StandardForm I get Log[x] displayed. > > But now I am puzzled by the meaning of cell styles. > Suppose I enter the following in a cell given a "Text" style: > > Test: ctrl-( ln(x) ctrl-) > > and then copy it as LaTeX. What I expect to get is > > Test: $\ln(x)$ > > What I get instead is: > > \text{Test: } > > \ln (x) > > Why is Mathematica treating a "Text" cell as a math environment? > > Thanks, > Alan Isaac > > > -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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