Re: ToString Awkwardness

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• Subject: [mg126872] Re: ToString Awkwardness
• From: James Stein <mathgroup at stein.org>
• Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 05:34:01 -0400 (EDT)
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```Here are two routines I wrote long ago.
Perhaps they'll be a bit of help...

jhsForm::usage="jhsForm[r,n] -> returns a string to display r with n digits
after the decimal point. If n is larger than the accuracy of the number, n
will be truncated. If n <= 0, 0 will be used.

jhsForm[r,n,w,padChar] ->is as above, except the string will be a least w

jhsForm[r_, fD_Integer: - 1] := Module[{nd = 999, fd},
(* nd,fd are arguments to 'NumberForm' *)
(*
fd := # places to right of decimal point *)
If[Abs[r] == Infinity,
Return[If[Sign[r] > 0, "=E2=88=9E", "-=E2=88=9E"]]];
If[fD >= 0,
fd = fD,
fd = Max[Min[Accuracy[r], 2]];
];
If[fd == 0,(* elide decimal point: *)
Return[ToString[Round[r]]],
Return[ToString[NumberForm[r // N, {nd, fd}]]];
];
];
jhsForm[r_, fD_: - 1, fW_: 0, pad_: " "] := Module[{s},
s = jhsForm[r, fD];
While[StringLength[s] < fW, s = pad <> s];
s
];

On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 1:55 AM, Kevin J. McCann <kjm at kevinmccann.com>wrote:

> I have several plots with annotation that includes parameter values. I
> am using ToString inside a Text command to do this, and all is well
> unless the values are small so that the results are in scientific
> notation. When this happens, I get something like this:
>
> "f(x) = " <> ToString[8.71 10^-15]
>
> f(x) =        -15
>        8.71 10
>
> Which is a bit awkward looking in the plot. Upon further investigation,
> I looked at the FullForm of the above and got:
>
> "f(x) =        -15\n8.71 10"
>
> So, I see why the output "looks funny". The exponent is treated
> separately from the 10. Any suggestions for nicer looking output?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Kevin
>
>

```

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