Having to wait several seconds for LaTeX preview each time makes it very difficult to write posts that have a lot of typeset mathematics - it would be a big improvement make the updates live.


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Slowing down the thought-to-posting conversion, and having users possibly rely on pencil and paper instead of starting to write at the computer screen, should increase the accuracy rate of answers. I prefer a slight increase in accuracy instead of allowing postings at the earliest possible nanosecond.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm just talking about getting the LaTeX formatting right. $\endgroup$
    – anon
    Sep 20, 2010 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ I think we are talking about the same thing: the delay between modifying TeX in the editing box when writing an answer, and update of the graphical TeX rendering in the preview that appears below it. A few seconds of delay seems to me to be a good thing, because the timescale for devising and posting answers is much longer, and extending it by this few seconds helps to inhibit the reflex for immediate-but-wrong posting. $\endgroup$
    – T..
    Sep 20, 2010 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ The issue is not underdeveloped equations, but fully developed equations being typed out in TeX syntax. I may have worked everything out on paper, but I'm not fluent and confident in my TeX syntax and would appreciate some feedback as I write out my developed equation in a basically foreign language, unsure if I am correct or not in my syntax. $\endgroup$
    – Justin L.
    Sep 20, 2010 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ T.., This is really absurd. $\endgroup$
    – anon
    Sep 20, 2010 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ @muad: I'm aware it's a minority view -- which is why I shared it. $\endgroup$
    – T..
    Sep 20, 2010 at 19:17

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