Detokenized Math Macros?

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at
Wed Nov 11 16:06:29 UTC 2020

On 11/10/20 1:13 PM, Joel Kulesza wrote:
> Colleagues,
> Is there a way to detokenize math macros in LyX such that characters 
> like an underscore are not passed?  I'd like to highlight text and 
> then apply the macro (via toolbar button/shortcut), but it passes 
> through characters without escaping them automatically.

This is intentional. The idea is that you can write some LaTeX, 
highlight it, and them hit ctrl-M to make it math. Or paste it. Or whatever.

> My goal is to apply macro-based styling to various keywords in a 
> document, so a macro seems like the most natural way to mark those 
> items and then update them, as needed.  However, I'm happy to consider 
> other, better, ways to accomplish that.

This looks like a job for a character style. The Logical Markup module 
defines a 'Code' style that renders its content as monospace. Of course, 
it can be customized.


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