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MathIM: A LaTeX web-based chat

  1. Oct 23, 2007 #1
    Hi everyone. Out of a personal need to send complicated equations to my Physics classmates over instant messenger, I've pieced together a LaTeX enabled web-based chat system.

    Two people can go to the website, enter a chat room, and chat with standard LaTeX math.

    It's at http://www.mathim.com. Thought some other people might find it useful. Let me know if there are any bugs, suggestions, or questions.
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  3. Nov 1, 2007 #2

    This looks like a great tool, just the sort of thing I have been looking for.

    But, I have been having trouble getting it to work. I make up a room name, select "Start Chatting", it takes me to a new window. The preview works ok, but I just get
    "Chat loading, please wait".

    Am I supposed to have some software loaded, or are the room names only certain allowed names?

    I would love to be able to get this working for my students.

  4. Nov 5, 2007 #3
    Hi, there was a problem with the site. It should be fixed now. Please let me know if there are any other problems.
  5. Jan 10, 2008 #4
    Hi, seems to be another problem. All my backslashes are translated to forward slashes. This happens on both PC on Internet explorer and on Mac on Safari.

    There was a brief discussion on the MacTeX mail list about chat tools with latex, so I mentioned your Mathim site.

  6. Mar 15, 2008 #5
    Who all uses this? Is it safe?
  7. Mar 16, 2008 #6
    Seems like mostly math and physics students.

    It's safe.
  8. Apr 8, 2008 #7


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    I was going to use it for a mathful discussion with some fellow students, but it seems to have become ridicilously slow (to the point where just loading the chat takes ~5 minutes and no text appears anymore). Pinging the site gives about 120 ms RTT. Is this a regular problem? When it worked for a few minutes, it was very nice though!
  9. Apr 18, 2008 #8
    Hi, I agree there's been slowness issues in the past few days, which is why I've moved the thing to a new server yesterday. Hopefully that solves any speed issues.
  10. May 3, 2008 #9
    ok is it possible to have it in ur own forum i mean kinda emebedd it or something like that
    also some suggestions...i think u run that on miktex...
    u shud update that...since codes like \binom{n}{r} don't work....
    also is it possible for u to have chemistry packages like m-chem
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  11. May 8, 2008 #10
    Sorry, I don't run it on miktex. I can't add m-chem packages etc.

    You can have your own room by choosing a secret room name.

  12. May 10, 2008 #11
    sorry i forgot this .........the idea was superb!!!!!!
  13. Aug 21, 2008 #12
    This was down for a period of 15 days or so. It's been fixed now.
  14. Aug 28, 2008 #13
    this is really cool. It is a good and faster way to talk with a fried about sheets.

  15. Dec 2, 2008 #14
    Useful site.
    Its nice not to download 80+MB of Latex tools to write a friend some symbols.
  16. Apr 20, 2011 #15


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