Almost every single time I type a question I end up having to go back and edit the title due to no latex preview. Obviously you can write the title in the body first to check it but it's very easy to forget to do that and it entails you then having to copy and paste it into the title bar. And that could hardly be considered good UX practise in 2015...having to preview something in a different textbox before copy-pasting into another one...

So why not have latex previewing on titles as well as bodies?

  • $\begingroup$ When editing, I have MathJax preview for titles too. Is it only when first asking the questions, or do you also have no preview when editing? $\endgroup$ Apr 13, 2015 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ I see it works for editing yes. But surely it should also be enabled for first asking the question too? $\endgroup$
    – sonicboom
    Apr 13, 2015 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, I see. When writing the question, you have no title preview at all. Seems rather inconvenient. I agree, that should be enabled from the start. $\endgroup$ Apr 13, 2015 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer Where do you find the rendered title preview when editing? I seem not to have it, but I'm probably blind... $\endgroup$
    – Daniel R
    Apr 14, 2015 at 7:34
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    $\begingroup$ Feature request at meta.SE (3 years old, score 25): Please include the title in the question preview $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2015 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielR At the top of the page, above the title editing box. The title is displayed normally, but it updates when you edit it, including MathJax rendering. $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2015 at 8:27
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer How odd. When editing, I get this appearance. Still can't find that preview. :( $\endgroup$
    – Daniel R
    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielR There is a privilege (I think 10k) that allows you to edit posts inline. When you have enough reputation you get what Daniel Fischer sees, when you don't you get what you see. (It's supposed to make editing easier for high rep users. TBH I've never understood why editing should be harder for low rep users, but whatever). $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2015 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer See above. You can try editing a question on a site where you don't have enough rep, you should see what Daniel R sees. $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2015 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @NajibIdrissi, that makes sense (your explanation that is; the behavior of the site, not so much). $\endgroup$
    – Daniel R
    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielR It's pretty much like Najib says, it seems. However, I also get the title preview on Meta Stack Exchange where I have less than 10k, so maybe it's the editing privilege (2k) that triggers the change, or the settings on Meta Stack Exchange are different. $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2015 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ This should be changed to also allow low-rep users to see the title preview. Not so much for the convenience of having MathJax preview, but to make the title more visible to the editors, which will probably make them more prone to improving the title while editing the body. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel R
    Apr 14, 2015 at 9:05
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    $\begingroup$ I was about to post this as a question on meta again (2019). It seems that consensus was reached in 2015, as of 2019 it's still an issue. What is the problem? Is there a way to contribute here? $\endgroup$
    – Radost
    Apr 26, 2019 at 12:45
  • $\begingroup$ I made a new post on Meta Stack Exchange pointing out that this is problem mainly on MathJax-enabled sites: Show a preview of the title when editing/asking - at least on the MathJax sites. $\endgroup$ Feb 21, 2021 at 7:44


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