# I don't use LATEX often

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Argh! I don't use LATEX often, so when I do I don't have the benefit of practice.

I always screw it up so I have to go looking in the LATEX FAQ. And I can never find it! Didn't it used to hang out as a sticky in the General Physics Forum?

I don't suppose it could be put in the menu under Quick Links could it?

When I don't know a symbol I have hard time finding info on pf. The quickest way is to google:

Here is one site:
http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/LaTeX/AoPS_L_GuideSym.php [Broken]

I just recently found out how to do a space as google dug out five year old pf thread.

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tiny-tim
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… I have to go looking in the LATEX FAQ. And I can never find it! Didn't it used to hang out as a sticky in the General Physics Forum?

That's the 49-page "Introducing LaTeX Math Typesetting", a sticky in the Science Education > https://www.physicsforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=151" forum.

May I suggest it be transferred to this forum (Feedback etc), where members are more likely to look for it (and indeed more likely to notice it even if they aren't looking for it?)
When I don't know a symbol I have hard time finding info on pf.

Here is one site:
http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/LaTeX/AoPS_L_GuideSym.php [Broken]

I prefer this very comprehensive 1997 site by Geoff Hutchison (which I got from some official PF thread, possibly the sticky above) …

http://www.physics.udel.edu/~dubois/lshort2e/node61.html#SECTION008100000000000000000" [Broken]

(It's adapted from "an Austrian introduction to LATEX 2.09 written in German by:
Hubert [email protected] Zentraler Informatikdienst der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien Irene [email protected] Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung Wien Elisabeth Schleglno email in Graz
If you are interested in the German document you can find a version updated for LATEX2e by Jörg Knappen at CTAN:/tex-archive/info/lkurz")

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Born2bwire
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Does the forum provide an alternative for those of us who are allergic to latex?

That's the 49-page "Introducing LaTeX Math Typesetting", a sticky in the Science Education > https://www.physicsforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=151" forum.

May I suggest it be transferred to this forum (Feedback etc), where members are more likely to look for it (and indeed more likely to notice it even if they aren't looking for it?)

I knew this thread existed somewhere.

Does the forum provide an alternative for those of us who are allergic to latex?

I believe there are templates for copy/paste various character and symbols. Some users have that in their signature.

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tiny-tim
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Does the forum provide an alternative for those of us who are allergic to latex?

I believe there are templates for copy/paste various character and symbols. Some users have that in their signature.

i think he meant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latex_allergy" [Broken]

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Redbelly98
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Does the forum provide an alternative for those of us who are allergic to latex?
Check the link in my sig. Not nearly as comprehensive as Latex, but if you just want to use the occasional Greek letter or a few math symbols, especially mixed in with normal text, it works reasonably well.

EDIT:
Hey, this post went up at 3:14 (in my time zone) on 3/14 (in my country). It's a π² post!

dlgoff
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Happy

Day Redbelly

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DrGreg
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Hey, this post went up at 3:14 (in my time zone) on 3/14 (in my country). It's a π² post!
Funny, I thought it was posted at 7:14 (in my time zone) on 14/3 (in my country). (Relativity of simultaneity )

Redbelly98
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Argh! I don't use LATEX often, so when I do I don't have the benefit of practice.

I always screw it up so I have to go looking in the LATEX FAQ. And I can never find it! Didn't it used to hang out as a sticky in the General Physics Forum?

I don't suppose it could be put in the menu under Quick Links could it?
How about bookmarking it? Or bookmark several of the useful Latex threads and files that have come up, storing them in a single bookmarks folder?

For example . . .

PF's Latex PDF file:
https://www.physicsforums.com/misc/howtolatex.pdf

Hootenanny shows how to make multiple lines of equations in a single Latex image:
https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=1938391&postcount=3

Redbelly98
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That's the 49-page "Introducing LaTeX Math Typesetting", a sticky in the Science Education > https://www.physicsforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=151" forum.

May I suggest it be transferred to this forum (Feedback etc), where members are more likely to look for it (and indeed more likely to notice it even if they aren't looking for it?)
That's a good idea, or at least sticky a thread in Forum Feedback, containing a link to the Latex Intro (a.k.a. the Latex FAQ). I'll see what the other Mentors think of this. Latex questions invariably get asked in Forum Feedback.

RB

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Redbelly98
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Okay, I have made a sticky here in Forum Feedback with links to PF Latex resources. In the future, if somebody asks "how do I type those neat math equations I see at PF?", you can simply refer them to the Learning Latex thread near the top of the Forum Feedback forum.

tiny-tim
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Nice work, Redbelly! (and nice title too)

May I suggest an addition to the sticky, something like …

"In many cases, it is easier to use the X2 or X2 tags just above the Reply box (on the Reply to Thread page, accessed by clicking "QUOTE" or "Go Advanced"), instead of Latex.

(This also helps to save server power … each separate piece of Latex has an "image" which is stored permanently and individually on the PF server. )"

Redbelly98
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