I was pleasantly surprised to find out that StringTemplate appears to work with styled (formatted) strings, with the style of the slots applied to the inserted expressions:

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(The string was formatted using the Format menu.)

Is this usage intended or documented?


I think this follows from the representation of styles (and other boxes) in strings.

For example, this:

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is really represented like this in a string:

template="a \!\(\*\nStyleBox[\"``\",\nFontColor->RGBColor[1,0,0]]\) and a ``" 

Then either with StringForm or StringTemplate we get

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In[10]:= StringTemplate[template]["foo", "bar"]

Out[10]= "a \!\(\*StyleBox[\"foo\",\nFontColor->RGBColor[1, 0, 0]]\) and a bar"

It's just plain substitution.

EDIT: This view also gives ideas on how to break substitution:

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It appears that there is no special support for styling, it's all a side effect of how style boxes are encoded in strings.

  • $\begingroup$ Do you get the same error that I reported? $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 11 '15 at 21:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard If I try to convert it by typing into it then yes, I get the error. Furthermore, the string is corrupted. If I convert it by changing the cell style then everything is fine. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Feb 11 '15 at 21:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard Further testing shows that the error is not related to StringTemplate. Just make a styled string, evaluate it, and try typing in the output cell. The cell contents will be corrupted and the error appears. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Feb 11 '15 at 21:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I should have explored that further before posting. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 11 '15 at 21:43

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