Re: Typesetting in Mathematica (TraditionalForm typesetting?)

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg125697] Re: Typesetting in Mathematica (TraditionalForm typesetting?)*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 03:00:18 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*References*: <201203280959.EAA11124@smc.vnet.net> <4F732384.1070005@math.umass.edu> <CAFJC7XqdXbydmveqk2W_r9WiePsFPdG9YDLitN+GUk4pZJ20Pw@mail.gmail.com>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

Brentt, This is probably best conveyed off-list. I utterly love Mathematica for all sorts of things. But for note-taking during a class, I cannot imagine that Mathematica is a very efficient medium. After all, to get all kinds of symbols you have to use Esc or Ctrl sequence combinations, or awkward \[...\] strings, or menu buttons. I should think that if you don't want to use paper and pencil, it would be _much_ more efficient to use LaTeX markup. Thus, typing \int_0^{\infty} e^{\pi i t} dt than the corresponding thing in Mathematica. You could even, if you wish, omit the leading "\" symbols in such things and insert them later in a text editor with search-and-replace. And of course you can always import TeX mark-up text into Mathematica. There is a way to add new keyboard shortcuts, and as I recall that requires modifying one of Mathematica's system files. I'm sure others will post explanations about that. Murray On 3/28/12 3:44 PM, Brentt wrote: > Oh that works. That helps a lot thanks :) > > I guess the only think remaining: is there anyway to turn a cell into > DisplayForm using a keyboard shortcut? Is there a way to define custom > shortcuts if one doesn't already exist? > > On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM, Murray Eisenberg<murray at math.umass.edu>wrote: > >> You do NOT have to evaluate an Input cell in order to convert it to >> TraditionalForm! Just select it (or all Input cells, if you wish), and use >> the menu item Cell> Convert To> Traditional Form. >> >> >> >> On 3/28/12 5:59 AM, Brentt wrote: >> >>> Summary of question: Is there a cell style that can do TraditionalForm >>> like >>> typesetting (without first evaluating an input cell?) And if this >>> capability exists, can the functionality be bound to a key combination >>> (shortcut)? >>> ================ >>> >>> Hi, I've been trying to use Mathematica for taking class notes and >>> homework >>> assignments lately. In general I've found it faster than typing things up >>> in LaTeX and it has passable typesetting quality, but there is one minor >>> issue I've been having that I've not been able to find a solution to in >>> the >>> docs: >>> >>> I can't figure out how to do a good "non-inline" formulas (off-line?), >>> something like latex's math environment ("\[ ... \]" or $$ ... $$.) >>> >>> The "DisplayFormula" cell style formats equations like a proper latex >>> "off-line" math environment, except the font is a thin, not very nice >>> looking font. >>> >>> I know Mathematica has some decent math fonts, because TraditionalForm >>> output is rather nice, except to get a TraditionalForm font apparently one >>> first has to evaluate an input cell, and accept Mathematica's default >>> symbolic manipulations (barring tinkering), which isn't a very convenient >>> set up for quick typesetting. >>> >>> Is there a cell style that can do TraditionalForm like typesetting >>> (without >>> first evaluating an input cell?) And if this capability exists, can the >>> functionality be bound to a key shortcut? >>> >>> Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. >>> >>> >> -- >> 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 >> > -- 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

**References**:**Typesetting in Mathematica (TraditionalForm typesetting?)***From:*Brentt <brenttnewman@gmail.com>