Re: Typesetting in Mathematica (TraditionalForm typesetting?)

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg125712] Re: Typesetting in Mathematica (TraditionalForm typesetting?)*From*: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at iee.lu>*Date*: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:06:23 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com

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. There are two levels of answer to your question. 1. You should try various StyleSheets. Open a new or an old notebook, go to Menu/Format/StyleSheet and try various styles. I like the JournalArticle style which is very well suited for scientific or technical texts and has styles like Equation and EquationNumbered for what you call off-line equations, and also Figure, Figure Caption and many others. Have a look. In order to make the in-line formula inside the text line make Ctrl+9 and type your formula. To stop make Ctrl+0. The font for equations will be Times New Roman, Regular, 12 pts. But it will be italized, if you type intervals between figures, as it is generally assumed to be correct in Mathematica for formulas. 2. As much as you described your aim, this might be quite enough. However, if you would wish to say, change the style of formulas, you may want to modify the chosen StyleSheet. That is, to create your custom StyleSheet on the basis of the existing one. This is doable, but it a somewhat longer story. It has been discussed few times here, and if you decide to go for this solution, I suggest that you first search the MathGroup archive on "modify StyleSheet". For example, have a look into the thread generated here: http://forums.wolfram.com/mathgroup/archive/2009/Sep/msg00518.html . This is not the only thread on this topic. I remember a very comprehensive step-by-step explanation given by David Park on this subject some time ago. Have success, Alexei Alexei BOULBITCH, Dr., habil. IEE S.A. ZAE Weiergewan, 11, rue Edmond Reuter, L-5326 Contern, LUXEMBOURG Office phone : +352-2454-2566 Office fax: +352-2454-3566 mobile phone: +49 151 52 40 66 44 e-mail: alexei.boulbitch at iee.lu