I would like to know how to see a mathsymbol before I submit a post. I would like to see the format before submit, because I want to send good posts to mathoverflow. thanks a lot


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As you type into the edit field, the formatted message should appear in the display field just below the edit field. The two fields should appear as below:

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  • $\begingroup$ yes, I realized I can't see the edit field in my browser (firefox), very weird. It works perfectly in chrome $\endgroup$
    – user42912
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ @user42912: the image above was made using Firefox 15.0.1 on a Mac. There used to be a button or link to hide the preview. I wonder if that flag got set in your session before the interface was removed. Perhaps logging out on Firefox and logging back in might fix the problem. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 13:21
  • $\begingroup$ An OT question @robjohn: what is the system fixed width font your computer is set to use? It looks interesting. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ @WillieWong: The preferences say Courier 13, but looking at the actual appearance, it is using Monaco 13. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Is there a way to see how comments are formatted before they are submitted? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @PerManne: Not that I know of. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ @PerManne: I've used the following workaround when there was too much $\LaTeX$ complexity to just blindly submit a comment: Prepare the comment in the Your Answer field (hence with preview), then copy-paste the content to the comment field. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ @HagenvonEitzen Great idea - simple and effective! $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 16:38

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