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I am trying to use CellPrint to print a cell that asks a user to solve an equation. This equation is randomly generated right beforehand, and I would like to have it print in Blue. The whole Cell should be in the "Section" style. Here is my first attempt:

equat = ToString[
Expand[Product[(x - RandomInteger[{-10, 10}]), {i, 
  3 + RandomInteger[]}]], TraditionalForm];
CellPrint[
Cell[TextData[
RowBox[{StyleBox["Solve the equation "], 
  StyleBox[equat, FontColor -> Blue]}]], "Section"]];

This does in fact create the cell, and the last part is blue, but it is hindered by the TraditionalForm "markup": I won't put any color here, but the command above gives the output

Solve the equation \!\(TraditionalForm\`\(x\^4 - \(\(73\ x\^2\)\) - \(\(72\ x\)\)\)\)

Is there a simple way to fix this? I have tried using ToBoxes, but then I don't see how to color the output Blue. Any tips or pointers would be much appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ How about equ = TraditionalForm@ Expand[Product[(x - RandomInteger[{-10, 10}]), {i, 3 + RandomInteger[]}]];CellPrint[ Cell[CellGroupData[{StyleBox["Solve the equation "], BoxData[ToBoxes@equ]}]]] $\endgroup$ – DavidC Feb 16 '13 at 17:15
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidCarraher: That prints two different cells, no? $\endgroup$ – Steve D Feb 16 '13 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ Ah but this does give me a way to work it out: equ = TraditionalForm@ Expand[Product[(x - RandomInteger[{-10, 10}]), {i, 3 + RandomInteger[]}]]; CellPrint[ Cell[RowBox[{StyleBox["Solve the equation ", "Section"], StyleBox[ToBoxes@equ, FontColor -> Blue, FontWeight -> Bold, "Section"]}]]] $\endgroup$ – Steve D Feb 16 '13 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ Now the hard part :) - how to put an "=0" at the end (in blue)? $\endgroup$ – Steve D Feb 16 '13 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe...equ = TraditionalForm[ Expand[Product[(x - RandomInteger[{-10, 10}]), {i, 3 + RandomInteger[]}]] == HoldForm[0]]; $\endgroup$ – DavidC Feb 16 '13 at 17:49
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You need to use BoxData. Because ToString creates something strange you also obviously have to change "\\" -> "". I don't know if this is a bug or working as designed.

equat = (StringReplace[ToString[#1, TraditionalForm], "\\" -> ""] & )[
       Expand[
    Product[x - RandomInteger[{-10, 10}], {i, 3 + RandomInteger[]}]]]; 
CellPrint[
  Cell[BoxData[{RowBox[{"Solve the equation ", 
       StyleBox[equat, FontColor -> Blue]}]}], "Section"]];

Mathematica graphics

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks so much! This is exactly what I wanted. $\endgroup$ – Steve D Feb 16 '13 at 23:29

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