# Suggestion Itex tag button

1. Nov 28, 2011

### LCKurtz

I like the addition of the Quick Symbols box to the right of the advanced editing box. I would also find it very handy if there was an "Insert itex tags around selection" button above the edit box along with the other similar buttons. A control-key combination would also be very nice.

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2. Dec 7, 2011

### Greg Bernhardt

Re: itex tags

Anyone else?

3. Dec 8, 2011

### I like Serena

Yes, I'd also like such a feature.

It happens often that I type my post including a number of equations first, and then have to add the itex tags in the appropriate places, which can't be simply copied and pasted since the closing tags are different.

4. Dec 8, 2011

5. Dec 9, 2011

### S_Happens

I have been thinking the same thing, and kept looking for this option before this thread. But I'm still new to posting equations, so I had assumed I would figure out an easier way to do it after some practice.

I didn't initially post in the thread when I first saw it for the same reason. I wanted more experienced responses first thinking maybe they would offer an already available solution.

6. Dec 10, 2011

### spamiam

I'd like a button for itex tags, too. Maybe tex tags as well?

7. Dec 10, 2011

### Fredrik

Staff Emeritus
I think it's a good idea. Both itex and tex tags.

What about the simplified LaTeX delimiters that were discussed in the MathJax thread? (The simplest suggestion that seems to be acceptable to everyone was ££ for itex and $$for tex). Did you decide that you don't want them implemented at PF? (Not meant as criticism. I'm just curious). 8. Dec 10, 2011 ### spamiam Except for those of us without a key for the pounds symbol! My keyboard doesn't have one, and neither do most American keyboards. But I suppose Brits might not have a dollar sign... 9. Dec 10, 2011 ### Fredrik Staff Emeritus Oops, I forgot about that...again... Here's a more complicated option: 10. Dec 10, 2011 ### spamiam Now that you mention it, I had forgotten I could use Alt to make one of these: £. 11. Dec 10, 2011 ### LCKurtz Much as I would like the button, I really wish there was a control-key option that would immediately place the tags for both itex and tex, like ctrl-I does italics. 12. Dec 10, 2011 ### Fredrik Staff Emeritus What the... How long has that feature been available? I always used Alt Gr+I to insert "i" tags, but that stopped working at the software upgrade a few weeks ago. I don't recall if I have ever tried Ctrl+I. I don't think I've ever seen anyone mention that before. In my opinion, buttons is a good idea, but keyboard shortcuts would be more useful, and simplified delimiters would be even more useful than that. Maybe we can have all three. 13. Dec 19, 2011 ### LCKurtz So how about it Greg? Maybe ctrl-t for itex tags and ctrl-T for tex tags, and you could forget the buttons? It's what I want for Christmas, only 5 shopping days left...  Well maybe not ctrl-t since I just discovered that opens a new tab in my browser. But there are other choices. 14. Dec 19, 2011 ### Greg Bernhardt ### Staff: Admin I'm afraid the quick controls are hard coded javascript so that wont happen. I will look into the alternate tag though. 15. Dec 19, 2011 ### Greg Bernhardt ### Staff: Admin$$ inline and $for regular is now working 16. Dec 19, 2011 ### I like Serena$Yay!$17. Dec 19, 2011 ### micromass Can we switch this around?? I prefer  for regular since it coincides with normal LaTeX. 18. Dec 19, 2011 ### Fredrik Staff Emeritus I would prefer this as well, for the same reason. 19. Dec 19, 2011 ### LCKurtz$\cos\theta## and$$\frac a b$$

Hmm. Not working for me.

Last edited: Dec 19, 2011
20. Dec 19, 2011