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Suggestion Latex Feature

  1. Jan 6, 2010 #1

    This is a very helpful forum, but your latex feature hinders this. It's very tedious to use, and for a particularly symbol/equation heavy question, the asker (like me) is often put off having to spend another 20mins getting the question set up to ask.

    And not everyone has a scanner so not everyone can just upload a picture of the question.

    Why not implement a new equation editor based on Microsoft 2007? This is very nice and easy and quick to use, it would also include all up to date symbols and mathematic stuff like integral signs and dervivatives ect ect.
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  3. Jan 6, 2010 #2
    When you develop it, let me know :smile:
  4. Jan 6, 2010 #3
    Is it not possible to just rip the C++ script from Microsoft Word or something?
  5. Jan 6, 2010 #4
    And I just clicked on your blog Greg... Why have you posted one of my questions across it. I remember posting those EXACT same symbols in a question o_O
  6. Jan 6, 2010 #5
    Certainly not, on many levels.

    No idea what you are talking about. All my blog posts were tests that were posted way before you ever registered.
  7. Jan 6, 2010 #6


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    That's actually a bug, I think. Latex works by generating images, which are stored on the site. Sometimes it seems to collect images in a strange way. For example, when I look at Greg's blog, I see some of my own formulae repeated there. I've noticed this before. I am pretty sure this is because the image finding seems to pick up images you've recently used yourself. Anyone looking at Greg's blog is likely to see their own formulae apparently appearing there.

    The Latex equation feature is one of the great things about this website... and more to the point the code is freely available. MS word code is not. Furthermore, plenty of people will be more familiar with latex than the word equation editors. Me, for example.

    Be that as it may, the real constraint here is that the site uses what is readily available.

    Cheers -- sylas
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    Let's be more specific. Here is a screen shot for me looking at Greg's blog. Furthermore, I have placed the mouse over the first LaTeX image, to show the little pop-up of LaTeX code.

    You can see that the code is "latex 1-2-3", which should appear like this:
    [tex]latex 1-2-3[/tex]​
    But the image is of an equation I entered recently. Someone else will get a different image again. I think the reason is that the url for the image is actually https://www.physicsforums.com/latex_images/preview58041-0.png [Broken] and the word "preview" in their means that somehow the code for blogs is not using a final store url for the generated image. I am guessing it picks up something you have previewed.

    For comparison, the url of the latex equation in THIS post is https://www.physicsforums.com/latex_images/25/2519903-0.png [Broken]. There's no "preview" in the URL this time. I suspect something in the blog software is awry.

    Can we consider this post another bug report? I won't start a new thread for it.

    Cheers -- sylas
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  9. Jan 6, 2010 #8
    chroot would be better to explain this to, in fact if you could send him a PM, thanks!
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    I've sent the PM -- sylas
  11. Jan 6, 2010 #10
    Having dealt with text-based equations since the mid-1980s, I would say keep driving towards the text-based efforts in Fortran and other mid-90's programming languages.
  12. Jan 7, 2010 #11


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    This is an unfortunate, but known, bug in PF Latex:

    See if refreshing your browser window clears it up, as it seems to be a cache issue. See post #4 here:
  13. Jan 7, 2010 #12
    So there is nothing we can do to make the latex feature more accessible? Maybe it should open up a window to show thumbnails for every symbol and mathematical function, then we can just click and type as we please without worrying about the synergy of what we do.
  14. Jan 7, 2010 #13
    We already have that. The option is part of the message editor.
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    That option seems to have disappeared. I don't see it anywhere. Didn't it use to be under a "sigma" button?

    I never used it because I've gotten accustomed to typing my own LaTeX, but I do remember that option being there for a while.
  16. Jan 7, 2010 #15
    It's only in the science forums.
  17. Jan 8, 2010 #16


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    Y'know, I would argue just the opposite, that the LaTeX capability is a godsend because it makes it so easy to type equations. If the forum had a MS-like equation editor instead, I'd be the one having to spend 20 minutes trying to type math. (Yes this is based on experience) And I'm sure I'm not the only one. The point is, it all depends on what you're used to.

    Besides, there are the technical requirements. LaTeX is just plain text, it's easy - in fact I programmed it into my own blog in about 20 minutes.
  18. Jan 8, 2010 #17
    Can you show me how to do this?
  19. Jan 9, 2010 #18


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    Now that I think about it, I may have exaggerated a bit :wink: I took someone else's code and adapted it to my own blog software... but sure, I'd be happy to share what I know. Send me a PM about it.
  20. Jan 28, 2010 #19
    It hardly seemed worthwhile starting a new thread so I thought I would post this in here. When adding a tilde to a letter, this works fine in standard latex but when using the same command in inline latex, the tilde doesn't show up-

    standard latex-

    inline latex-

    If I'm not mistaken, this only applies to capital letters as the lowercase still works-

    inline latex-

    The same seems to apply to other accents, it's as if the top is being cut off in line with the regular text.


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    This problem reported here is not with the cache. It occurs with equations in a blog, and I have just discovered now that it occurs also if someone send me a PM with equations in it.

    The specifics of the problem shows up in [post=2519903]msg #7[/post] of the thread. The image file used in blogs, and now I also find in PMs, has a "preview" in the URL. The image file used in posts does not.

    The url with the word "preview" in it will be a different image at different times.

    The problem should be fixable, if the blogs and PMs also use a stable dedicated URL one the blog is saved or the PM is sent.

    Cheers -- sylas
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