Yes, one _could_ get most of the SetFaceAndFont formatting from the Writing Assistant's Text Properties tab -- or, for that matter, directly from Mathematica's Format menu. However, doing so requires a lot more work.
The great advantage of Dahl's SetFaceAndFont palette is that with a _single click_ one can make text Courier or Times Italic or Helvetica or color text red or give it a light yellow background. Moreover, one can quickly format a selection to have the same appearance as any other selection: select the text whose formatting is to be copied, click a button on the palette, select the new text, and click a second button. Finally, with a single button click, one can remove all special formatting applied to the selected text.
Despite the built-in Format menu and the Writing Assistant palette, over several years I have found SetFaceAndFont to be indispensable.
On Feb 19, 2013, at 10:17 AM, Bob Hanlon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Most that you describe (except perhaps the separate background color > for the selection rather than the cell) can be done with the "Writing > Assistant" built-in pallette: > Pallettes | Writing Assistant | Text Properties > > > Bob Hanlon > > > On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM, Murray Eisenberg > <email@example.com> wrote: >> This refers to Ingolf Dahl's palette SetFaceAndFont -- see: >> >> http://www.familydahl.se/mathematica/#SetFaceAndFont >> >> I've been using it for some years as the quickest way to apply various >> formatting to selected text. E.g., in a Text cell select a Mathematica >> name and click the palette's button that changes the font to Courier. Or >> select some text and change its font to Times Italic. Or change the >> background color for the selection to a light yellow. >> >> But with Mathematica 9 (or at least 9.0.1), clicking one of the >> palette's buttons now applies the effect to the entire cell -- not just >> to the selection. >> >> Has anybody else experienced this? What might be the reason for the >> change in behavior and how might it be fixed? >> >> --- >> Murray Eisenberg firstname.lastname@example.org >> Mathematics & Statistics Dept. >> Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) >> University of Massachusetts 413 545-2838 (W) >> 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 >> Amherst, MA 01003-9305 >> >> >> >> >> >>
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