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proportional vs monospace font in usage text
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Nov 9, 2011 5:58 AM


Documenting a function, one uses f::usage = "...". Unfortunately, doing some ascii arts inside this string like (see end of posting) goes completely wrong when shown in the notebook interface due to usage of proportional font.
I've seen the documentation for Mathematica's builtin QBinomial. While it looks nice in the notebook, in the text interface (math) it shows as
In[1]:= ?QBinomial QBinomial[n, m, q] gives the qbinomial coefficient (n) . q m
which doesn't look perfect, either.
Q1) Is using ascii art a bad idea. Q2) How can I enter what Mathematica shows for ?QBinomial inside a f::usage string? Q3) Is it suggested that one should use something like If[$Notebooks, "notebook format", "ascii format"] in order to achieve nice output in either format? Q4) I realized that newlines are handled differently in Mathematica 5.2 and Mathematica 8. What is the right way to enter line breaks?
Ralf
================ qBinomial::usage = "qBinomial[n, k, q] represents the qbinomial coefficient of n and k in base q given by
{ nk+1 { (q ;q) _ _ { k  n  { , for k >= 0,   := { (q;q) _ k _ { k q { { 0, otherwise.
For a description of (q;q) type '?qPochhammer'. k"



