Defining Output Formats
Just as Mathematica
allows you to define how expressions should be evaluated, so also it allows you to define how expressions should be formatted for output. The basic idea is that whenever Mathematica
is given an expression to format for output, it first calls Format[expr]
to find out whether any special rules for formatting the expression have been defined. By assigning a value to Format[expr]
you can therefore tell Mathematica
that you want a particular kind of expression to be output in a special way.
This tells Mathematica
to format bin
objects in a special way.
objects are output to look like binomial coefficients.
Internally, however, bin
objects are still exactly the same.
|Format[expr1]:=expr2||define expr1 to be formatted like expr2|
|Format[expr1,form]:=expr2||give a definition only for a particular output form|
Defining your own rules for formatting.
By making definitions for Format
, you can tell Mathematica
to format a particular expression so as to look like another expression. You can also tell Mathematica
to run a program to determine how a particular expression should be formatted.
This specifies that Mathematica
should run a simple program to determine how xrep
objects should be formatted.
The strings are created when each xrep
Internally however the expression still contains xrep
|Prefix[f[x],h]||prefix form h x|
|Postfix[f[x],h]||postfix form x h|
|Infix[f[x,y,...],h]||infix form x h y h... |
|Prefix[f[x]]||standard prefix form f@x|
|Postfix[f[x]]||standard postfix form x//f|
|Infix[f[x,y,...]]||standard infix form x~f~y~f~... |
|PrecedenceForm[expr,n]||an object to be parenthesized with a precedence level n|
Output forms for operators.
This prints with f
represented by the "prefix operator" <>
Here is output with the "infix operator" <>
By default, the "infix operator" <>
is assumed to have "higher precedence" than ^
, so no parentheses are inserted.
When you have an output form involving operators, the question arises of whether the arguments of some of them should be parenthesized. As discussed in "Special Ways to Input Expressions"
, this depends on the "precedence" of the operators. When you set up output forms involving operators, you can use PrecedenceForm
to specify the precedence to assign to each operator. Mathematica
uses integers from 1 to 1000 to represent "precedence levels". The higher the precedence level for an operator, the less it needs to be parenthesized.
is treated as an operator with precedence 100
. This precedence turns out to be low enough that parentheses are inserted.
When you make an assignment for Format[expr]
, you are defining the output format for expr
in all standard types of Mathematica
output. By making definitions for Format[expr, form]
, you can specify formats to be used in specific output forms.
This specifies the TeXForm
for the symbol x
The output format for x
that you specified is now used whenever the TeX form is needed.