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Unsorted nomenclature

Postby theoricienquantique » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:18 pm

Hi everybody,

I am using the nomencl package to create a list of notations and it works perfectly, that is it sorts my notations.
However I would prefer to have them unsorted, that is to keep the order at which they appear in the document. Do you know how I can do this ? :?:

Thank you very much !

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Postby kaiserkarl13 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:31 am

I have to ask: Why do you want to do this?

If you insist on confusing your readers by having all the symbols in an effectively random order, you will probably have to specify that order yourself. For example,
  1. \nomenclature[1]{$\gamma$}{Surface tension}%
  2. [text]
  3. \nomenclature[2]{$\kappa$}{Compressibility}%
  4. [more text]
  5. [etc.]

Makeindex (which nomencl uses) is designed for the express purpose of alphabetizing things; what you're doing is effectively making a table of symbols in a specific order, which isn't really an index at all. You might be better served in the long run by simply making your own list environment and typing it explicitly.

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Postby theoricienquantique » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:06 am

Thanks, that is indeed what I am doing right now. The reason why I want to do this is because I have so many symbols and so few alphabetical letters for my notations and the final ordering generated by nomencl looks a bit random for the human eye too (unless you know the ASCII table by heart...)

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