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How to test Latex locally

  1. Jan 19, 2012 #1
    This is my first post. The sticky on Latex is very useful. Looks like I will be learning the code for formulas. Would like to know if you can test the code without posting to the board - how to play with the code and view results locally first.

    I am also trying to attach an image. Darn - looks like it needs to be on the web. No way to upload an image?

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  3. Jan 19, 2012 #2
    A good place to test LaTeX is in this site: https://www.physicsforums.com/mathjax/test/preview.html [Broken]
    Just enter the formula and click with your mouse outside the box. Whatever you typed will appear in LaTeX.

    If you make an actual post here and if you just want to see whether you made any mistakes, you can always hit preview. This shows you a preview without actually making the post.
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  4. Jan 19, 2012 #3
    An image on the web can be posted by enclosing the webpage by [ IMG ] and [ /IMG ] tags (without the spaces).

    For example, type


    to show a picture.

    If your picture is not on the web you can upload it. Whenever you make a post, check the "manage attachments" box beneath your post.
    One can also upload the picture on the internet using sites like http://imageshack.us/
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2012
  5. Jan 19, 2012 #4
    I think the manage attachments box appears in the Additional Options box. I did not see an Additional Options box when I posted this thread...


    Only seems to appear when you reply or edit your post. Correct?
  6. Jan 19, 2012 #5
    No, the box should appear every time.
  7. Jan 24, 2012 #6


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    You can build and test your latex code here http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php
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