Murray Sargent: Math in Office

I'm a software development engineer in Microsoft Office and have been working mostly on the RichEdit editor since 1994. In this blog I focus on mathematics in Office along with some posts on RichEdit and the early Windows days

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    Smart Canvasses

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    The Microsoft Math graphing calculator folks have created a Word 2007 add-in that lets you simplify, solve, calculate, and graph your equations in 2-D or 3-D. With it installed, your technical paper becomes alive. For example, your paper may have graphs...
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    Negated Operators

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    Sometimes you need to enter a negated operator like ≠. If you’re a C/C++ programmer, you might think that != should map to ≠, since that’s what != means in those languages (and some others). But since in mathematics ! means factorial, this choice is a...
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    MathML 3.0

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    The W3C announced October 21, 2010 that the MathML 3.0 specification is a W3C Recommendation. This post describes some of the features added to MathML in version 3.0. The specification also includes numerous clarifications that are helpful for people...
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    Math Selection

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    Selection of text in a math zone obeys some special rules concerning built-up math objects, such as fractions and integrals. First some background on how these objects are stored helps to clarify the rules. In memory, math objects start with a special...
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    Default Document Math Properties

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    A number of math display properties have document defaults. These are the ones used if you don’t explicitly override them, which you can usually do by invoking a math context-menu option. The properties all pertain to “displayed” math...
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    RichEdit 8 Zoom Support

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    In this day and age with touch pinch and expand zooming of screens, zoom is everywhere! So you might wonder how to zoom the contents of a RichEdit control. There are two ways: 1) maintaining the display width and rewrapping the text as necessary to fill...
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    Rick Shoemaker, quantum magician and microcomputer whiz

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    This post summarizes what I said at the retirement ceremony for my long time collaborator and good friend Dr. Rick Shoemaker, Associate Dean, College of Optical Sciences, and Professor of Optical Sciences. I’ll talk a bit on Rick and his love for...
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    Two Math Typography Niceties

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    Roughly eight years ago, some colleagues and I had the good fortune to spend an extraordinary afternoon with Donald Knuth, the primary author of TeX, at his home on the Stanford University campus. Among many things, Donald showed us how he uses TeX to...
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    RichEdit 8 Feature Additions

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    The time has come to summarize the features added in RichEdit 8, which shipped with Windows 8 and Office 2013. Since so much was added, I wrote a number of blog posts over the last twelve months about the larger RichEdit 8 features. The present post lists...
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    Updated RTF Specification

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    An updated RTF Specification is available for downloading here . I already blogged about the new version in the MS Word blog, but wanted to add a few words about math in Math in Office blog. The RTF specification includes a thorough discussion of the...
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    More on Equation Numbering

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    The book Creating Research and Scientific Documents using Microsoft Word gives a method for numbering equations that works with all versions of Word from Word 2007 on and has automatic renumbering of the equations and the references to the equations....
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    User Spaces in Math Zones

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    Spacing in mathematical expressions involves well defined rules. For example, in the expression a+b=c, a good math display engine automatically inserts 4/18 em on each side of the binary operator + and 5/18 em on each side of the relational operator ...
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    Math Accents

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    Accents are quite common in mathematical text. For example, in physics one uses one- to four-dot accents to designate the first through fourth time derivatives, respectively. Primes are often used on integration variables. Transforms can be designated...
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    Entering Math via the Linear Format

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    The previous blog post is on the cool math handwriting recognition shipped with Windows 7. The post includes a description of a race I had entering equations using the linear format with formula autobuildup against a member of the math handwriting recognition...
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    Which Languages a Font Supports

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    A recent post describes how RichEdit chooses default fonts for Unicode characters. The method assigns a character repertoire (CharRep) to each character and queries fonts to find out which CharRep’s they support. If the current font doesn’t...
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    Directionality in Math Zones

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    In most places, mathematical text is written “left to right” (LTR). For example, in the expression x + y the plus is displayed to the right of the x and the y is displayed to the right of the plus. But in some Arabic locales, mathematical...
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    More on Math Context Menus

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    An earlier post describes math context menus (right click somewhere in a math zone) for changing the display characteristics of math objects, like fractions and integrals. For example context menus offer options to convert a stacked fraction into a linear...
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    Nathan Myhrvold

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    This is a post about some of the early days in the life of an amazing person, Nathan Myhrvold. Nathan and his good friend and colleague, Chuck Whitmer, had completed PhD’s in theoretical physics at Princeton. They wanted to investigate advanced...
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    Check out Live Writer

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    This is a test to see how I can use Live Writer to make blog posts more nicely. In particular, it’s desirable to display equations by copying them from Word. For example, this is the mode locking formula which you can enter by typing \integral<space>...
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    OpenType Math Tables

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    The math tables created for the math facility in Word 2007 and other Microsoft Office applications are now officially part of the OpenType standard ISO/IEC CD 14496-22 3rd edition. See Section 6.3.6 MATH. You can download a copy of the whole standard...
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    NINCH and EMU

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    People have been asking about a couple of acronyms fairly often these days, so here’s a blog post on them. They are described on the web already if you type the right queries, but a little more motivation might be useful. The acronyms are NINCH...
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    Book on Technical Writing in Word

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    There’s a new Microsoft Press book on creating technical documents in Word, entitled Creating Research and Scientific Documents using Microsoft Word . Alexander Mamishev, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, is the...
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    A Math Build-up Bug

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    I didn’t think we had any serious math build-up bugs thanks to very extensive testing, but there was at least one bug anyhow. (If you find such bugs, please let me know by email or as a comment on a post). This one was quite simple and it existed...
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    Article/Video on Murray Sargent and Math in Office

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    The article Professor's Laser Focus Gets Math into Office tells some of the story behind the Math in Office project. It also gives a link to a video that includes a sequence of me showing how easy it is to type in the binomial theorem. Hope you like it...
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    RichEdit 8.0 TOM Table Interfaces

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    An earlier post describes the RichEdit nested table facility and how the EM_INSERTTABLE and EM_GETTABLEPARMS messages could be used to insert and examine tables. Now those messages are documented in MSDN along with a new message, EM_SETTABLEPARMS that...
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