All new to this site. From the start, Latex is rendered as typed, not translated into mathematical typesetting. I realize there are duplicate question, eg

LaTeX Rendering problem in firefox

but I couldn't find any that actually seemed to resolve the issue. Ideas or suggestions?

Edit: as I found out through the below comments and answers, there are apparently other issues I am aware of to be broken: editing is limited as described in my comment below. I uploaded the image from my Ubuntu machine, in which I also see, and can use, the editing buttons; and in which Latex is rendered fine.

(example screenshot)

  • $\begingroup$ What OS are you on? Can you take a screenshot of what the site looks like from your end? $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2011 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ For this problem, Windows 7. I'm blanking on how to attach a screenshot (it's taken but I don't seem to see where or how to attach it to the post). Imagine it really Latex as typed while editing a Latex file (I attach screen shot if someone could kindly advise how to). $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2011 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ When you edit your question, you should see an array of buttons above the text box. Click the sixth button from the left and follow the instructions. $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2011 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ I don't have those buttons either it seems. From bottom to top, I see, when editing: text box; space (about twice the size of title box); title box; header line "Questions Tags...". $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2011 at 12:58

1 Answer 1


We can't duplicate this.

Many Firefox problems can be solved by running in Firefox Safe Mode, which disables extensions.


At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help menu and select Restart with Add-ons Disabled.... Firefox will start up with the Firefox Safe Mode dialog.

For Windows XP, click the Help menu and select Restart with Add-ons Disabled....

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for trying. It also appears somewhat randomly. I just checked again when seeing your answer, and it rendered fine. As I've only seen this under Windows 7, I have to assume it's some instability in that kernel. $\endgroup$ Dec 18, 2011 at 23:11

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