Is it possible to bring back the symbols dialog box?

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by WBahn, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. WBahn

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    With the VB version, there was a dialog box that was available off to the side (with Go Advanced?) that had a selection of special symbols that you could insert. Now you have to remember the Alt-codes, which is a pain. Would it be fairly easy to resurrect that (and perhaps extend it to include a few more commonly used symbols that the prior one lacked)?
     
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  2. studiot

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    Yes I'd trade the yellow background that causes speckling of the characters for that any day.
     
  3. jrap

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    Unfortunately there is no out-of-the-box solution for this. Give me a week or so and I'll see what I can do!

    Rob
     
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  5. jrap

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    Hi all,

    We have the symbols back. Within the editor, the symbols can be accessed by clicking the "S" button on the far right of the menubar. If you notice any symbols are missing, please let me know and I can add them.

    This add-on was shared to us by the staff at http://www.physicsforums.com. I want to thank them a lot for helping us out!

    Cheers,

    Rob
     
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  6. Alec_t

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    Subscript and superscript numbers might be handy.
     
  7. studiot

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    Well done for bringing it back, though it is currently unavailable to me as is the whole bar.

    Actually I persuaded the staff at PhysicsForums copied the symbol box from AAC a couple of years ago.

    Superscript and subscript are even more useful, and may be found here at http://www.scienceforums.net/
     
  8. jrap

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    What browser (and version) are you using? When you click 'S' nothing appears?

    Rob
     
  9. studiot

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    It's the most up to date version of IE available on my bog standard Dell with Windows XP.

    It is to the eternal discredit of the sofware industry that I am unwilling to update further because I have invested many hundreds of £ in software that requires activation and cannot be transferred to a later computer, should I upgrade.

    In particular I have MathType and MathCad authorised on this computer.
     
  10. jrap

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    The only thing I can suggest is you give Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome a try. Both fully support the latest web technologies.
     
  11. bertus

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    Hello studiot,

    Do you have some space left on your harddisk?
    A full linux distribution will take about 20 Gb + the space ypu want to use for your Home directory, where the user data is stored.
    You might want to have a look at Mathlinux, wich contains a lot of free math programs.
    http://mathlinux.com/
    It has Scilab and Octave as standard programs onboard:
    http://www.scilab.org/
    http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

    Here is an other overview of math related programs for linux:
    http://linuxappfinder.com/utilities/math

    Bertus

    PS I am using qupzilla as browser at the moment and the symbols add-in works fine with it on my linux machine.
    http://www.qupzilla.com/
     
  12. dethfire

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    This can be done very easily by adding a custom BBcode.

    FYI I can see the symbol drop down in IE11.
     
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  13. studiot

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    Thank you, so can I, on a windows7 computer

    Edit and I would like to say the increase in the number of available symbols is greatly welcomed.

    But I can't then access any of the programs I use to prepare posts, since they are all on the XP machine.
     
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  14. Alec_t

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    I'm running Firefox on WinXP-SP3 and the symbols button works fine.
     
  15. WBahn

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    The only problem I have is that when I add a symbol it always places it at the very beginning of the dialog box and not where the cursor is. Very annoying, but workable. I'm using IE 11 under Win7.

    It would be nice to add the logical negation symbol, ¬ (Alt-170), to the list as well as the basic n and square superscripts ⁿ (Alt-252) and ² (Alt-253). Having a few subscripts would be nice, too.

    Would it be possible to find a different glyph for pi and tau, these just don't look like what most people are used to seeing (in my experience). The Courier ones, π (Alt-227) and τ (Alt-231) seem much nicer. But while you see the nice forms in the dialog box when you prepare your reply, these are rendered as the boxy forms when it displays the resulting post. Below they are in a code box which seems to render them as intended.

    Code (Text):
    1.  
    2. π τ
    3.  
     
  16. Papabravo

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    I use Chrome in Win 7 and I don't have the same placement problem, but I do have the objectionable change from the entry box to the actual rendering on the forum page.
     
  17. #12

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    My Dell XP died almost 2 years ago. :(
    I'm using Firefox on a Vista machine. No problems at all!
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    Ta-daa!
     
  18. LDC3

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    It's strange that there is ⅓ and ⅜, but not 2/3, 1/8, 5/8, or 7/8.
     
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