rude man said:Or, can the latex compiler be downloaded?
Thanks @wle for your help.wle said:Yes, for example as part of the MikTeX distribution if you're using Windows or MacTeX if you're using a Mac. These will get you the LaTeX compilers on your computer along with a large collection of useful supporting packages.
But just to check you know what it is (it's not obvious from your post): LaTeX is a programming/markup language and family of programs for writing structured documents in PDF and some other formats. It deals with a lot more than only typesetting equations. This forum does not support all of LaTeX (that would not make much sense) but only a subset of the LaTeX math-related commands for including equations in posts and insights.
Why not? Use the "Preview..." button to see what your LaTeX code produces. Nobody else will see what you're doing if you don't hit the "Post Reply" button.rude man said:But to de-compile I went to a blank "reply" page in an arbitrary thread. This is obviously not ideal
No argument! It works very well IF you don't hit the "post reply" button by mistake, which I did once!jtbell said:Why not? Use the "Preview..." button to see what your LaTeX code produces. Nobody else will see what you're doing if you don't hit the "Post Reply" button.
Yes I had been doing that but I think someone (Greg?) reads all the drafts which are kept on file, so I started feeling uneasy about that. I think the best sol'n is what I've been doing, just taking a blank "reply" space to any old post, then making sure I don't post! Thanks for your help.robphy said:You can write a draft Insight, which is private until you publish it.
When composing an Insight, you can read the PRE-compiled "real mark-up" text.rude man said:BTW if you do it that way do you get to read the de-complied ("real") text? I don't remember.
rude man said:Yes I had been doing that but I think someone (Greg?) reads all the drafts which are kept on file, so I started feeling uneasy about that. I think the best sol'n is what I've been doing, just taking a blank "reply" space to any old post, then making sure I don't post! Thanks for your help.
LaTeX is a typesetting system used to create documents with high-quality typesetting. It uses a markup language to format text and equations.
LaTeX is commonly used in academic and scientific settings for its ability to produce professional-looking documents that are easy to read and navigate. It also has a wide range of features for formatting equations, figures, and tables.
A LaTeX document typically consists of a preamble, which includes document class and package declarations, followed by the document body, which contains the actual content, such as text, equations, and figures.
There are various online and offline editors available for writing and compiling LaTeX documents. Some popular options include Overleaf, TeXstudio, and ShareLaTeX. These editors also offer features for reviewing and collaborating on documents with others.
Yes, there are many online tutorials, guides, and forums dedicated to helping beginners learn LaTeX. Some popular resources include the LaTeX Wikibook, the LaTeX Project website, and various YouTube channels and blogs. Additionally, many universities and institutions offer workshops or courses on LaTeX.