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Re: How create new style sheet- Mathematica 8

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  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:37:16 -0400 (EDT)
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Part of the troubles about working with style sheets is that they are so 
incompletely documented.

It should hardly be necessary to have to turn to this user group to 
learn how, e.g., to modify a style sheet and make it into a new style 
sheet (and where it then is located). Or to learn that you cannot do 
this merely by Save As-ing it. This should all be documented.

On 9/14/11 5:15 AM, David Bailey wrote:
> On 13/09/2011 12:28, John Fultz wrote:
>> I don't understand your first point.  What do you mean by "Browse" option? I
>> can't possibly think you mean that the file browsing dialog only shows 2 of n
>> notebooks in some given directory.
>> Yes, it is the case that notebooks with Saveable->False should be able to save,
>> and don't in 8.0.1.  But that won't affect stylesheets created using the method
>> I outlined.  And that bug will be fixed in a Mathematica incremental update
>> which will hopefully be available soon.
> I have never found creating style sheets easy - and I generally avoid
> them, despite their obvious value.
> It would be great if the process could be made more transparent. For
> example:
> 1)   It would be nice to press a button and see the hierarchy of style
> sheets leading to the notebook style sheet - preferably with their full
> pathnames.
> 2)   What happens when a style sheet is installed - is it just placed
> somewhere in the filestore?
> 3)   Editing a style sheet seems too much like editing a notebook -
> which leads to confusion as to what can and cannot be done.
> 4)   If you end up with an edited style sheet when you close the
> associated file (or Mathematica), I think it should tell you and ask you
> what you want to do - just like you do not lose an edited notebook
> without pressing "Don't Save".
> This is one area where I sense WRI developers have put enormous effort,
> but it never seems easy to use. Maybe a general, open discussion at the
> conference would help.
> David Bailey

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