Is it possible to format usage messages (with italic arguments etc) such that Mathematica 9 still parses function templates correctly?

For example, plain usage messages work when pressing Ctrl+Shift+K:

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But formatted ones don't:

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Note that this does work correctly on Mathematica 8, so I guess this is a bug on Mathematica 9.0.1. Nonetheless, is there a workaround?

  • $\begingroup$ There are also major problems with this functionality working with add-on packages too. $\endgroup$
    – wolfies
    Aug 8, 2013 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ I have reported this as a bug. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – user21
    Aug 9, 2013 at 7:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Teake Did you get any response from Wolfram Tech Support confirming this is a bug? If so, could you please post it as an answer? $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2014 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't report this; perhaps @user21 received some feedback? $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2014 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @TeakeNutma user21 does not care :) so maybe you could report this? :) $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Apr 26, 2014 at 8:03

1 Answer 1


This specific example works Mathematica 10.0.2:

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However, there are several variations that do not work and these are tracked by Wolfram, currently as an open issue [247087].

Here is a slight modification of the original example which does not work:

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