# LaTex / MathJax into the forum

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by thumb2, Jan 28, 2016.

1. ### thumb2 Thread Starter Member

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Last edited: Jan 28, 2016
2. ### Papabravo Expert

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I'm not sure that publication quality has much importance for forum posts. Why don't you explain further why you think this is important?

3. ### thumb2 Thread Starter Member

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Hi papabravo,
Not so important, but I prefer (let's call it) MathJax style than the style of the editor of the forum, so if it's possible to use it, why not ? : )

Regards

4. ### Papabravo Expert

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I cannot speak to the possibility of using it, but what in your opinion are the style advantages, other than your personal preference? I ask because it is not clear to me.

5. ### thumb2 Thread Starter Member

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Well, to be honest, it's not just about style, it more about how the forum editor works.

The editor of the forum does not accept

\begin{aligned}

just \begin{align}

Also, it doesn't behave regularly.
Look at this example:

Code (Text):
1. \begin{align} 2. & y = f(x)\\ 3. & y = {2\pi \over {\pi \over 7}} 4. \end{align}
produces a strange output:

\begin{align}
& y = f(x)\\
& y = {2\pi \over {\pi \over 7}}
\end{align}

while a better editor would accept also

\begin{aligned}

and would produce a better and a more understable output:

Now, it was just a question, if it's possible to use MathJax into the forum, and if so, how.

: )

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6. ### Papabravo Expert

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I didn't realize the \over could be used for fractions, I thought the construction was \frac{x}{y} to produce

$\frac{x}{y}$
or
$y\;=\;\frac{2 \pi}{\frac{\pi}{7}}$

So the TeX processor on the forum is not a full implementation, but only a subset. I think it might be more reasonable to extend it rather than switch horses or worse, support multiple alternative methods.

7. ### thumb2 Thread Starter Member

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So I will have to use \frac xD

8. ### WBahn Moderator

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There are two issues -- the language support and the rendering engine. These are, by and large, separate issues.

I'm not a big fan of the rendering engine that is used, but it's tolerable.

I wish the language support included more things, or at least was well-documented.

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9. ### Papabravo Expert

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I don't know if that is the whole problem. The \over construction is familiar from OpenOffice, not from LaTeX. To do fractions I use

\frac{}{}

The numerator goes in the first set of curly brackets, and the denominator goes in the second. Easy Peasy.

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10. ### thumb2 Thread Starter Member

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I know the frac operator. I just never use so I completely forget it.

11. ### Papabravo Expert

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Wow, a 3 grin response. I'm coming up in the world -- thanks man.