Too bad that is NOT the standard convention. Everyone that has been saying this has yet to provide evidence of such.

I gave evidence on page two of this thread--the American Mathematical Society adheres to just such a convention.

"Formulas. You can help us to reduce production and printing costs by avoiding excessive or unnecessary quotation of complicated formulas. We linearize simple formulas, using the rule that multiplication indicated by juxtaposition is carried out before division. For example, your TeX-coded display

$${1\over{2\pi i}}\int_\Gamma {f(t)\over (t-z)}dt$$

is likely to be converted to

$(1/2\pi i)\int_\Gamma f(t)(t-z)^{-1}dt$

in our production process. "

You should quote the whole thing. They do that to

**reduce production and printing costs **. This has nothing to do with the problem at hand. The only reason their code does this is to simplify the process of their code and thus save money. This does not mean it is a standard among mathematicians. Taking sentences out of context is fun ya?