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Peltio
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Re: Mathematica 8 docs online now!
Posted:
Nov 18, 2010 7:07 AM


Armand Tamzarian wrote on 17Nov10 : > On Nov 16, 10:13 pm, Oliver Ruebenkoenig <ruebe...@wolfram.com> wrote:
>> Here is something you can try. >> Graphics > New Graphics >> Open the drawing tools (Graphics>Drawing Tools) >> Select, for example the text insert. Write 1+1 into the Graphics, select >> it an use Evaluation > Evaluate in Place. >> Maye it is useful to you, >> Oliver > > here's a video along those lines: > http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screencasts/mathematicaasawhiteboard/
Thanks for your answers. I was aware of that, too (it was pointed out by some other NG member the last time I had my rant here :) ). Still, (to me) this is just a workaround. Nobody would use a graphic cell to write text and place input if they were not forced to by the lack of alternative.
What I feel the lack of is a _native_ way to arrange the flow in a twodimensional layout. (With native I mean: a collection of consecutive cells in a notebook arranged on two or more columns; not a graphic cell containg the picture of a twocolumn layout). And it surprise me that in 2010 Mathematica is actually able to speak, read and understand plain English but still lacks a *basic* function that was already old hat in my 1995 wordprocessor.
I understand that Mathematica is not a WP, but it seems to me that producing professionallooking technical documents is one of its stated goals. The fact that in 2010 the Frontend developers are still making users resort to these 'tricks' makes me wonder how difficult it must be to implement such a feature in the complex Mathematica frontend.
As for why one would need a multiple column layout, I'll answer in my forthcoming post.
Thanks for your help, anyway. Peltio



