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  • Subject: [mg128796] Superscript on plus expression
  • From: "Dave Snead" <dsnead6 at charter.net>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:30:28 -0500 (EST)
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Hi,

Mathematica fails to parenthesize the a+b in Superscript[Plus[a,b],k]
so the output looks identical to
Plus[a,Superscript[b,k]]

Previous suggestions that worked to fix a similar problem for the Subscript 
case, i.e.,

Format[Subscript[arg_Plus, k_]] :=
Subscript[
  "(" <> StringJoin @@ Riffle[ToString /@ (List @@ arg), " + "] <>
   ")", k]

and

MakeBoxes[Subscript[(head : (Plus | Times))[args__], k_],
  form : (StandardForm | TraditionalForm)] :=
InterpretationBox[#1, #2] & @@ {SubscriptBox[
    RowBox[{"(", ToBoxes[head[args], form], ")"}], ToBoxes[k, form]],
   Subscript[head[args], k]}

don't carry over analogously to the Superscript case!

Format[Superscript[arg_Plus, k_]] :=
Superscript[
  "(" <> StringJoin @@ Riffle[ToString /@ (List @@ arg), " + "] <>
   ")", k]

and

MakeBoxes[Superscript[(head : (Plus | Times))[args__], k_],
  form : (StandardForm | TraditionalForm)] :=
InterpretationBox[#1, #2] & @@ {SuperscriptBox[
    RowBox[{"(", ToBoxes[head[args], form], ")"}], ToBoxes[k, form]],
   Superscript[head[args], k]}

don't work!


How can I get Mathematica to parenthesize the sum in
Superscript[Plus[a,b],k] ?

Thanks in advance,
Dave Snead







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