In the answer to Bold face formatting for vectors instead of overarrows like latex \mathbf{}? was a nice method of specifying the visual display for a variable, so that I can do something like the following to generate display output for vectors in the way that I want it:

Format[boldVector[v_]] := Style[HoldForm[v], FontFamily -> "Arial Black"]
vecX := boldVector[x]
Abs[vecX - vecX'] // TraditionalForm

Is there a way to specify how text in copy-as Latex should appear? For example, if I could do copy-as latex and have vecX above show up as \vecX, then I can have my latex macros deal with the formatting in that context:


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I don't know of a way to do this automatically on Copy as LaTeX. I also do not know enough about LaTeX to know the right way to make changes.

I should point out that vecX no longer appears in the output of Abs[vecX - vecX'] // TraditionalForm therefore you must base your output on boldVector[x] and not vecX, unless you want to work with a held expression, which I imagine you do not.

The best I can recommend is using your own convert-to-LaTeX function something like this:

myTeX =
   ToString @ TeXForm[# /. boldVector -> bvTeX], 
   "text{bvTeX}" :> "EXAMPLE"
 ] &;

Abs[vecX - vecX'] // myTeX

I am sure this is gibberish. I simply want to show how this may be approached.

  • $\begingroup$ I wonder if TeXForm can be extended (maybe with Format, which is assignable) ... $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Feb 24, 2012 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs I wonder too, because I don't know how. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Feb 24, 2012 at 22:10

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