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TechNote #22: Last modified: 03/20/00
Last reviewed: 10/20/99

Functions Recognized by MathType 3.x for Macintosh

The information in this document applies to:

MathType 3.x (Mac)


MathType automatically recognizes a common set of mathematical functions (e.g. sin, tan) and applies the Function Style to them. The default functions recognized are as follows:

Im Pr Re arg arcsin arccos arctan cosh cos coth cot cov csc deg det dim exp gcd glb hom inf int ker lg ln lim log lub max min mod sec sinh sin sup tanh tan var

In MathType 4.0 for Windows, you may edit this list. Currently, in MathType for the Macintosh, the only way for a user to do this is with a resource editor (e.g. ResEdit, available from Apple and most user groups). MathType 4.0 for Macintosh, will also provide an interface for editing this list when released.

The resource that must be edited is the STR# (i.e. string list) 29552. Names may be added and/or removed from this list as long as the following rules are observed:

  1. Names must be in alphabetical order (capitals before lower-case).
  2. Long names must be before short names (e.g. cosh before cos).

If you are interested in maintaining the TeX translation of functions, you must also edit the STR# 29562 resource. It is a set of translation strings that should be kept in one-to-one correspondence with the function list.

Under Windows, the corresponding resources must be edited; the resource type for string lists is 257 and can be modified with Microsoft's Developer Studio under Windows NT.

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