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Attatchments - what's legal, what isn't

  1. Dec 8, 2005 #1
    i didn't know where else to post this. if i put it in the wrong place, sorry.

    so for attachments to threads and what's (dis)allowed

    free body diagrams and such are clearly legal. what format do they need to be? i don't have a scanner, can i use paint? .bmd i think it is?

    also, if i have been working on an involving problem, to show my work am i allowed to attach a mathematica notebook (.nb) so i don't have to LaTex everything? or is there a way i can copy/paste directly?
    thanks
     
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  3. Dec 8, 2005 #2

    Integral

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    As long as you stick to attachments which are pertinent to your problem you will be fine. As far as format, anything that can be opened in Windows should be fine. Bitmaps (bmp) from paint tend to be pretty big, if you can make it a jpg it would be better. I suppose you could attach a Mathematica file but there would be lots of people who could not see it. Just type out the LaTeX, it is pretty easy for most of what we do here.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2005 #3

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    If you take a look at the "manage attachments" option when posting, you'll see the list of supported file formats:
    Valid file extensions: bmp doc gif jpe jpeg jpg pdf png psd txt zip

    Those are the only types of file you'll be able to attach. If you're working with something that doesn't use one of those formats, your best bet is probably to convert the file to a pdf format to attach. If you don't have software to do that, there are threads in the technology forum that discuss free software (or sites with the software...I don't exactly recall) for that which would be suitable for the purpose of uploading here.
     
  5. Dec 9, 2005 #4

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    Just a side thought here... will ImageShack display formulae and such like, or just pictures?
     
  6. Dec 9, 2005 #5

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    Image tags only work in GD.
     
  7. Dec 9, 2005 #6

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    Ahhh... thanks. I never tried to do it, so I didn't realize that.
     
  8. Dec 9, 2005 #7
    so a .nb wouldn't work?
    for those withought mathematica wolfram provides a free version called MathReader that doesn't allow computations.

    i never tried to attach anything because i didn't know what was legal.
    thanks for the help.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2005 #8

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    I don't think a .nb would work, no. There's also a size limit to files you can attach (that's so we don't have really large files eating up bandwidth). If you have your own site to host the files, you can provide a link to that. What's "legal" is that it should be relevant to your post, and meet the same guidelines of anything else posted at PF. So, no crackpottish type stuff, no porn, that sort of thing. If you're just showing your work for a homework problem, or think a figure would help illustrate what you're explaining better than words, that's all perfectly acceptable.
     
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