[NTG-context] New math feature requests
Aditya Mahajan
adityam at umich.edu
Tue Aug 8 17:38:14 CEST 2006
On Tue, 8 Aug 2006, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Aditya Mahajan wrote:
>>
>> 2. In amsmath, most of alignment constructs exist in two forms: outer
>> and inner. The mathalignment implemented in core-mat.tex corresponds
>> to outer alignment. The inner alignment is same as outer alignment,
>> but is only as wide as necessay. The most common amsmath inner
>> alignment constructs are aligned and gathered. It is easiest to
>> explain by means of an example. Suppose I want to type
>>
>> a x + b y = c `\
>> } (simultaneous equations)
>> d x + e y = f /
>> ,
>>
>> I want to be able to do
>>
>> \defineinnermathalignment[aligned][n=2,left={\left.},right={\right\}}]
>
> This sounds very close to \definemathmatrix, yes?
It is, and my first thought was that this can be achieved using
\definematrix (that is why the previous requests for location= and
style=). However, all my attempts to use a matrix failed because:
1. Matrix does not "see" beyond the \NCs as align.
Comapre the output of
\startformula \startalign[n=2]
\NC a \NC = bx + c \NR
\NC \NC + ey \NR
\stopalign \stopformula
with
\startformula \startmatrix[n=2,distance=0pt, style=\displaystyle]
\NC a \NC = bx + c \NR
\NC \NC + ey \NR
\stopmatrix \stopformula
The '+' in the second line comes out as a unary operator rather than a binary
operator. This can be corrected by using \NC{}+ but should the user really
know the ugly implementation details?
2. Matrix does not correct interline space. Compare
\startformula \startalign[n=2]
\NC f(x) \NC = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi(y-x) dy \NR
\NC \NC = \sum_{i=-\infty}^{\infty} \hat phi(i-x) \NR
\stopalign \stopformula
with
\startformula \startmatrix[n=2,distance=0pt, style=\displaystyle]
\NC f(x) \NC = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi(y-x) dy \NR
\NC \NC = \sum_{i=-\infty}^{\infty} \hat phi(i-x) \NR
\stopmatrix \stopformula
The two lines are too close.
I thought that it might be easier to simply wrap the whole align
around a hbox as these inner alignments need not break across pages.
If matrix can be enhanced to take care of the above two requirements
then matrix is fine. However, if I just want a matrix, then both above
behaviours of the matrix are correct. I am not sure what kind of
interface matrix should have to behave in both ways (the current
matrix behaviour and the requested aligned behaviour).
Aditya
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