Peltio
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Re: How to write reports and books in Mathematica
Posted:
May 12, 2010 7:31 AM


Il 09May10, David Park ha detto : > Per, > > This can be approached at different levels. > > First, I'm not familiar with the capabilities and pricing of the various > versions of Mathematica but, if you can manage it and plan to do a lot of > technical work, get up to date with the latest version and keep up to date. > There is a world of difference between Version 7 and Version 5. The dynamics > and improved graphics extend the ability to communicate by an order of > magnitude  or more.
My biggest gripe when using Mathematica as a word processor was the lack of tables and columns in the basic layout of a notebook. Having everything in just one single column was so 1800s ...
I remember some package or addon could be used to add twocolumns capability to Mathematica (in fact, I believe that many books on Mathematica, like Roman Maeder's were written with something like that), but I believe such a basic functionality should be builtin, in order for everyone to take advantage of it.
Has this been added in the latest versions of Mathematica? I don't remember to have seen it advertised anywhere.
It would be nice to have a "columns" or "table" entry in the Format menu that makes the notebook from the cursor onward a two (or n) column table. In this way it would be possible to have text on one side and code and output on the other. Or to have multicolum text (eventually flowing from one column to the other if suitable options are given).
Is it so difficul to add such a functionality in the form of a new Layout[] construct?

