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Re: Problem with strings and backslashes

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  • Subject: [mg99739] Re: Problem with strings and backslashes
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 05:44:23 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Uni Leipzig
  • References: <gub7ej$4h5$>
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Mathematica need a double back slash "\\" for a true back slash,
because it use \ in combinations for control codes "\n" for new line,
"\t" for a tabulator.
But there is not really a problem
StringReplace["$\\tau\\,\sin(\\xi \\pi)$", "\\tau" -> "tan(\\psi)"]
work as it should.


LordBeotian wrote:
> I'm trying to work with strings wich are LaTeX codes of formulas. I
> want to make substitution of particular substrings. The problem is
> that Mathematica (5.1) has a strange behaviour with the backslashes.
> When it finds "\tau" it removes the "\t" in the output. The same
> happen with "\right" which becomes "ight". To make it work properly I
> need to manually add on the input an additional backslash  at the
> beginning of "\tau" and "\right": "\\tau" becames "\tau". But in this
> way my work go on too slowly. What can I do?

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