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Evaluation Group Redux

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  • Subject: [mg15668] Evaluation Group Redux
  • From: franki at
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 04:29:00 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Deja News - The Leader in Internet Discussion
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On 12/27/1996, David M.F. Chapman <dave.chapman at> wrote:

"Version 2.2 had a neat feature whereby a group of cells could be
designated an "Evaluation Group".  Evaluation of any evaluatable cell
in such a group would automatically trigger the evaluation of the other
evaluatable cells. This attribute does not survive translation into
V3.0 code, and Wolfram says that the feature is no longer supported.
:-[  Anyone else use this?  Any bright ideas how to emulate it?"


I've just spent the last few hours rifling through "the book" V3 finding
no means of performing the Evaluation Group mechanism, and indeed found
it mentioned explicitly in my V2.2 front-end docs.

The only reason I keep a copy of clunky old MathCAD3.1 (for Mac) around
is that it provides this "spreadsheet-like" response capability, which
is quite useful when one needs to play what-if parametric variations on
sizeable multi-cell models.

So I join David M.F. Chapman and ask again:  any way to emulate such
useful behavior in Mathematica V3?  Does anyone at WRI wish to answer
why this feature remains missing in V3.X?


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