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Custom Format for (b-a)

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  • Subject: [mg5667] Custom Format for (b-a)
  • From: Ersek_Ted%PAX1A at
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jan 1997 16:00:41 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hello Math Group,

When Mma displays an expression involving sums the terms are
always sorted.  Consider the following example:
Exp[c+w (z-r)]+a(z-r)

This is displayed as:

It comes out this way because Sort[{z, -r}]->{-r,z}.
I believe the output looks better if "z-r" is used rather than "-r+z".
I would only want it this way when two terms are added, and I would want it 
to apply
regardelss of where the sum is in the expression.

I thnik this can be done using the following:

Format[Plus[Times[-1,a_], b_]]:=  ..........some output............... 

However, I haven't been able to come up with code that gives adequate 
Can anyone help?

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