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Re: Typesetting built-in functions without evaluating

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  • Subject: [mg126417] Re: Typesetting built-in functions without evaluating
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at>
  • Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 03:50:00 -0400 (EDT)
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Hello, I've been wrestling with mathematica trying to get it to typeset a
partial derivative in traditiaonal form without evaluating it. The closest
I've been able to come is having it output

in[1]:=D[x,y] //TraditionalForm
out[2]:=Hold[ *typesetted partial derivative here* ]

So I can get the unevaluated partial derivative notation to output, but I
can't do it without having the "Hold" mucking it up. How might one go about
this? I've tried all kinds of complicated schemes, and I'm sure I could
hack together some sort of output form that looks like a pd but that is
actually not. But I figure there has to be a simpler solution that I'm

Also I've tried setting D to HoldAll. It doesn't work for some reason and
I'm not sure why? Evaluation order is still a dark art to me despite having
read that portion of the manual a few times (in my defense I'm not the
sharpest tool in the shed).

Try this:

Defer@D[x, y] // TraditionalForm


HoldForm[D[x, y] // TraditionalForm]

RowBox[{"\[PartialD]", "x"}],
RowBox[{"\[PartialD]", "y"}],

Have fun, Alexei

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