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Re: Using tilde in symbol name

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  • Subject: [mg107832] Re: Using tilde in symbol name
  • From: George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 04:52:01 -0500 (EST)
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Hi --

It is 'best' if your function names contain only ASCII characters. If you plan to use Wolfram Workbench or use a 'code' cell designation, you would have to constantly type in \Overtilde[m], for example.

I have tried using fancy formatting in the past, and it turned out to be more trouble than it is worth. Use the fancy formatting in notebooks where showing a real theta instead of a variable named theta is important. You can think of it this way: you should use descriptive variable names, rather than just x, y, z, n, etc. It is easier to track a variable named 'theta' than it is to track one named \[Theta]. Better to use the programming constructs internally, and typeset the output if needed at the end.

george woodrow III

On Feb 27, 2010, at 3:15 AM, Alexander Stippler wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm just starting to write my first package in Mathematica 7.
> Now I want to have an Array named \Overtilde[m]. How can I get this to 
> work? Is it allowed at all?
> I also would like to have a symbol \Subscript[j,x]. Are these names 
> allowed at all and how can I realize them if yes? To say it once more in 
> other words, I want variables which would be the follwing in Tex:
> \tilde{m}
> j_{x}
> Thanks.

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