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I request that the review edits page allow the option to simply preview the original and edited versions side by side.

I've found the review suggested edits tool unhelpful because it only shows diffs; there have been a number of times where the diff logic breaks rendering and/or produces a complicated set of differences that make it difficult to perceive exactly what has changed... but if one could simply view the two versions side by side there would be no trouble comparing them.


Here is a good example of why this feature would be useful. There simply isn't any way to view the edit that makes the mistakes immediately obvious.

And if the edit had actually gotten the paired $$ correct in the title, this would have made the question take up a gigantic amount of space on the main question list.

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  • $\begingroup$ "Diffs" means "differences"? $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Jan 3 '13 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ I don't review many edits, but I vaguely remember a "Show rendered output" option... is not this what you suggest? $\endgroup$ – user53153 Jan 3 '13 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Jonas: Yes, "diff" is computerese for "formatted output showing differences between versions". $\endgroup$ – Rahul Jan 3 '13 at 21:09
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    $\begingroup$ @Pavel: Unfortunately, that option tries to render the diff, which doesn't often work well when the math is the part that is edited. $\endgroup$ – Hurkyl Jan 4 '13 at 6:01
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    $\begingroup$ Ideally the difference code should identify $\LaTeX$ marks and add its coloration tags before and after these. I don't think it's very difficult programming-wise to figure out whether or not the changes occur within a $\LaTeX$ environment. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 4 '13 at 8:30
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    $\begingroup$ This question needs more attention. It's rather irritating when seeing diffs involving LaTeX, even for simple cases like I just had with math.stackexchange.com/posts/1295098/revisions. $\endgroup$ – user21820 May 23 '15 at 15:46

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