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Re: Typesetting in Mathematica (TraditionalForm typesetting?)

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  • 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)
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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
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>>
>

-- 
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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