# Can TEX be sent and read in email?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hello,

I would like to ask a question on sending TEX formulas in email.

If I paste TEX code directly into an email client, will it be readable by the recipient? Does it depend on the email client they use? The most popular email client perhaps is MS Outlook, so does that support TEX rendering?

Thanks,
Bob

Borek
Mentor
I have never heard about mail client supporting TEX.

chiro
Hello,

I would like to ask a question on sending TEX formulas in email.

If I paste TEX code directly into an email client, will it be readable by the recipient? Does it depend on the email client they use? The most popular email client perhaps is MS Outlook, so does that support TEX rendering?

Thanks,
Bob
I think your best bet would be to embed a HTML file or some web-page into the message that converted your tex into graphics (like PF and other websites do).

Mentallic
Homework Helper
Or take a screenshot and upload those images

jhae2.718
Gold Member
Why not just compile the .tex to a PDF/PS/DVI/whatever and attach it?

HTML email is an abomination.

Thanks for the answer. I would choose either PDF or picture.

Bob

LCKurtz
Homework Helper
Gold Member
I would second making a pdf file and sending it. The exception would be if there is to be any collaboration or modification of the file by the recipient. In that case the other user likely has TeX installed on his computer and you could always attach the TeX file as a plain text document and let the recipient compile it himself.

Pengwuino
Gold Member
Thanks for the answer. I would choose either PDF or picture.

Bob
PDF or JPEG is definitely the way to go :).

I do wonder if there are add-ons for e-mail clients so that they can support latex...

EDIT: Lookie here! http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/Equations-for-Thunderbird.shtml [Broken]

Looks like a few people have developed add-ons for Thunderbird to allow Latex compilation. I might give this a try!!

Last edited by a moderator:
fss
jhae2.718
Gold Member
Sweet. (But it's HTML email. :( )

As far as IM goes, I know Pidgin supports LaTeX, and Kopete as well (default KDE chat client).

This is what I always use http://mathbin.net

Put whatever you want in it, then include the link in the email.

jhae2.718
Gold Member
...and then there are those of us whose brains are mental TeX parsers...