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Re: How to learn formatting options

mike johnson wrote:
> I have invested enough time in learning and applying Mathematica
> programming (Dave Wagner's book "Power Programming with Mathematica:
> THE KERNEL" was the final AhhHah! for me) that I would now like to
> understand better the front end notebook interface (on a PowerMac) for
> Version 3. I have spent a long frustrating few weeks of spare time
> trying to adjust default options in a new default style sheet; some
> trivial things work as I expect (font color) and some things are still
> a complete mystery (see below).
> I have several questions for the group: 1) Is there anywhere (or will
> there ever be) a useful manual for the notebook front end?
> 2) By way of simple example, can someone tell me in glorious detail
> (meaning every mouse click and every key stroke) how to change the
> global default (in a default style sheet) of the amount of space on
> screen taken by a tab character? (Yes, I found the TabSpacings variable
> in Text Options in Formatting Options, but I cannot seem to change it.)
> 3) As a tougher example, can someone tell me how to control the way
> lines indent automatically when an expression wraps from the end of one
> line to the next? (There are a lot of choices here, including
> LinebreakAdjustments, LineIndent, AutoIndent, etc.)
> Thank you in advance for any suggestions. --
> Michael A. Johnson, Mail Stop L-463
> Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab
> 7000 East Ave., P. O. Box 808
> Livermore, CA 94551
> Fax: (510) 422-6007


With all the whining I and others have done over the mathuser group, you
would think that Wolfram or some third party would have written a front
end manual.  Alas, such is not the case.  I think that the Wolfram
folks are under the impression that the few examples in the on-line
help are enough since the front end is written in mathematica, so
technically, the front end is covered in the mathematica book kernel
commands.  If anyone out there has figured out the 3.0 front end,
PLEASE WRITE A BOOK AND SELL IT TO US.  I promise I will be first in
line to buy one.

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