# Wolfram Function Repository

Instant-use add-on functions for the Wolfram Language

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Explore the low-level structure of Wolfram Language expressions with an easy-to-read concise representation

Contributed by:
Alexey Popkov

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ResourceFunction["ShortInputForm"] is intended for use within the Notebook interface.

ResourceFunction["ShortInputForm"][*expr*] produces a two-dimensional representation of *expr*, which may be immediately used as input.

Compound-type atomic objects like Image, Graph or NumericArray are kept untouched when they are present as a part of the supplied expression. Such objects can be converted into the corresponding input expressions by applying ResourceFunction["ShortInputForm"] to them directly.

ResourceFunction["ShortInputForm"][*expr*, Unevaluated] converts most compound-type atomic objects in *expr* into shortened input expressions. Compact low-level data representations like NumericArray and ByteArray are still kept untouched. They can also be converted by applying ResourceFunction["ShortInputForm"] to them directly.

For Graphics and Graphics3D objects, ResourceFunction["ShortInputForm"] removes duplicate options and sorts the options list.

Display the structure of a Graph expression's input form:

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Explore the low-level structure of a graphics object produced by Plot. Try selecting subexpressions with the mouse, navigating with keyboard shortcuts, copying and editing code:

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Copy a subexpression from above and use it in Graphics:

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Compare the internal structure of similar objects generated in different ways:

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Check the result of applying Normal to a graphics object:

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InputForm always produces a one-dimensional representation of the expression in the form of pure text, suitable to be typed as Wolfram Language input via text-based interface. Within the notebook interface, semantic selection and code highlighting aren't available with InputForm expressions:

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ShortInputForm produces shortened two-dimensional output, suitable to be used as input within the notebook interface. Semantic selection and code highlighting are turned on by default:

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Special forms like NumericArray by default are kept untouched for readability, but can also be converted by applying ShortInputForm to them separately:

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Such forms usually can be converted to normal expressions by applying Normal:

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By default ShortInputForm[*expr*] keeps untouched compound-type atomic objects when they are part of the supplied expression:

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Use ShortInputForm[*expr*, Unevaluated] to convert most of them into actual input expressions revealing their low-level structure:

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Alternatively, apply ShortInputForm to the atomic objects directly:

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Explore box structures generated by ToBoxes taking advantage of the easy-to-read representation generated by ShortInputForm:

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Create an auxiliary function that exports a supplied expression to "PDF" and then immediately imports the results as vector graphics:

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Inspect the internal contents of returned graphics with ShortInputForm:

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- Alexey Popkov GitHub–shortInputForm
- Where can I get detailed information on how the Plot command works?–Mathematica Stack Exchange
- How to extract parts from atomic expressions like DelaunayMesh and Graph?–Mathematica Stack Exchange
- How to simplify list of Graphics options?–Mathematica Stack Exchange
- What is the purpose of StrokeForm?–Mathematica Stack Exchange

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