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Re: Formatting posts

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  • Subject: [mg10796] Re: Formatting posts
  • From: Paul Abbott <>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 00:58:40 -0500
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • References: <6b3q46$> wrote:

> This is a plea to those who paste bits of code from notebooks into
> e-mail posts on the mathuser group.
> #1 -- Don't expect people to decipher the text version of 2-D code such
> as:
> \!\(\[Integral]\(x\^\(2\ \)\) \[DifferentialD]x\)
> Instead, select your 2-D cell, change the format to InputForm, right
> click on your selection and choose "copy as... text.  Then paste it
> into the email which will give a much more readable:
> Integrate[x^2, x].
> The two bits of code above are the same.  Guess which one will get read!

For short code fragments I often use InputForm.  However, this is very
limiting for larger computations because I like using subscripts and
greek letters. 

To me, the whole point of the typesetting capabilities of the 3.0 front
end is that the first form, when pasted into a Mathematica Notebook,
will automatically format as a readable 2D expression.  Of course, you
can paste Integrate[x^2, x] into a Notebook and then Convert to

> #2 -- Do not paste the text of a notebook into an email message.  Many
> of us have been unable to ever get one of those actually recognized as
> a notebook by following the directions.  Instead, compress your
> notebook into a pkzip compatible self-extracting executable and attach
> it to your message.  

I guess you are using Windows?  Not everyone who reads MathGroup uses
Windows.  A lot of us use Macs or Unix.  pkzip is not a universal
compression scheme.  How about using compress, gzip, StuffIt, or
CompactPro, etc ...

> For short notebooks, append the file itself to the
> email message as long as your email program knows how to keep it as a
> separate file.

IMHO, what is really needed is for Web browsers to be able to handle
Mathematica Notebooks so that they can be pasted and read verbatim
(perhaps a Mathematica Notebook reader plug-in)?

Actually, instead of posting complex Notebooks I often point to a URL
where I have put the Notebook.  In the past I tried posting Notebooks
as attachments to MathGroup.  I've done this in other newsgroups
without problems but, I think because of the moderation of MathGroup,
the attachment somehow gets munged.

Now I simply remove all graphics and append an ASCII version of the
Notebook at the end of the message.


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