LaTeX (hope no off topic here)

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In summary, the conversation is about someone seeking help with displaying mathematical notation on a forum. They ask for the reason why the notation is not displayed when clicking on the "Preview post" button and whether there is a sandbox available for testing. The responder suggests a page on the forum with a lot of sandbox testing and provides two URLs for practicing mathematical notation. They also mention that sometimes refreshing the page can help with odd previews. The conversation ends with apologies for any language mistakes.
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BarbaraDav
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Dear Sir or Madam

I'm a novice here thus I'm probably going to ask a silly question
(in a bad English, moreover). Please, can you explain the reason
why I can't get the mathematical notation ( [tex]\alpha[/tex] , as
an example) displayed clicking on "Preview post" button ?

I have been looking around for a "sandbox" to try some tests but
none was found.

Warmest regards.

Barbara Da Vinci
Rome
 
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https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=8997&page=49

Try this page of this thread, I stumbled across it and it has a lot of sand box testing on the whole thread, plus there are a few programs there which will let you try it out.

[tex]\alpha[/tex]

Also I've noticed left clicking on any latex, brings up the code. Try that.

If it won't display then it might be a problem with your browser, could be anything, try refreshing the page, works for me, sometimes I end up with some really odd previews and or posts, but on hitting refresh it usually clears it up.
 
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Thanks for your reply! In the page you pointed to, I see the equations and the their LaTeX code also, but, as far as I understand, there is no way to have a try there. Anyawy, supposing that standard LaTeX 2.09 "is spoken" in this forum, may be the easiset way is simply copy and paste from inside a visual editor such as Scientific Workplace. I'm goingo to check.
Best regards.

Barbara

P.S.
Sorry for my Engish.
 
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BarbaraDav said:
Thanks for your reply! In the page you pointed to, I see the equations and the their LaTeX code also, but, as far as I understand, there is no way to have a try there. Anyawy, supposing that standard LaTeX 2.09 "is spoken" in this forum, may be the easiset way is simply copy and paste from inside a visual editor such as Scientific Workplace. I'm goingo to check.
Best regards.

Barbara

P.S.
Sorry for my Engish.

On the page I posted there are at least two sand box URL's you can use to practice. And don't worry my English isn't great either and I am English. :smile:

Try these:

http://at.org/~cola/tex2img/index.php

This one requires you to use $ tags either side of the Latex.

http://rogercortesi.com/eqn/index.php

This one let's you type in the bare code.
 
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1. What is LaTeX?

LaTeX is a typesetting system used for creating high-quality documents, particularly in the fields of mathematics, computer science, and physics. It is based on the TeX typesetting language and is often used for creating technical or scientific documents.

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