# Typing math symbols with the alt key

by tiny-tim
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 P: 2,022 tiny-tim, I think you are using those smilies a little bit too much.
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 Quote by jostpuur tiny-tim, I think you are using those smilies a little bit too much.
Who? Me? Never! The smilies love it! Most people ignore them and they don't like to object Smilies are your friends! Smilies are cool!

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 P: 1,142 I prefer latex it's clearer, but I can see why some people might prefer the alt keys. $$\int\frac{x}{x^2}\,dx$$ I don't think you can do fractions with those things anyway, and it makes things harder to read in straight text.
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 Quote by Mk Those characters are Unicode and should appear fine in any standard browser.
Indeed, Unicode replaced ASCII in operating systems 15 years or so ago. One can also
use these characters to name files and folders for example.

Regards, Hans
 P: 1,142 You should all do what I do, being monumentally lazy, I type in whatever maths term the person is discussing into google bring up wiki usually then cut and paste anything that is relevant. Or if it's simple stuff just do it myself. Much easier. For example cutting the polar co-ordinate equations for the Navier stokes equation out of wiki and replacing math tags with tex tags is a lot easier than actually typing them out.
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 P: 880 What I'd like to see is that the 'white' area (at least on my monitor) that the latex is contained in would be the same color as the background color (that light blue-gray)---it wouldn't stand out as much as it is now, and would be incorporated as 'part' of the text (less distracting).
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 Quote by rewebster What I'd like to see is that the 'white' area (at least on my monitor) that the latex is contained in would be the same color as the background color (that light blue-gray)---it wouldn't stand out as much as it is now, and would be incorporated as 'part' of the text (less distracting).
Its the same colour for me, and I've never had that problem. I guess that would just be a browser issue.
 P: 880 maybe there's a 'setting' that I don't know about (?)---I've got ie6 with win98se--with the latest java there's nothing on the 'howtolatex' page--(by clicking on any latex formula on any post)
 Emeritus Sci Advisor PF Gold P: 9,781 The LaTeX code renders as a PNG graphic, I believe IE browsers prior to V7.0 will not render PNG transparency without a JavaScript fix.
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 Quote by Hootenanny The LaTeX code renders as a PNG graphic, I believe IE browsers prior to V7.0 will not render PNG transparency without a JavaScript fix.
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