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Feature request: how to get non-confusing lists (numbered as well as bulleted)?

When typing a post, if you want to make a numbered list, this can be confusing when making lists for mathematical purposes, like the list of solutions of $x^2-3x+2=0$: 1 2 => Does this mean $1$ ...
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Defining common sets for LaTeX mode

When one provides an answer that requires LaTeX, which is almost any answer, every time a set is used, it is necessary to fully type \mathbb{Z}. For example, $\...
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Why doesn't MathJax show up immediately?

When we reload a page with MathJax in it, the math format is like this for a second: After a second it becomes the desired MathJax. Is the intermediate format in Sans-Serif? Why doesn't MathJax show ...
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How to avoid draft formatting issues that are only solvable with a save of the question (before the question is finished for publication) [duplicate]

The solution for Firefox now is to install the SiteMacro Extension for (Ubuntu) Firefox, and to have the macro map to the edit button. Each time now that the site reloads, it automatically goes into ...
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I am having trouble formatting the formula for a quoted vector magnetic potential inside and outside a shell of radius R with charge density sigma

I am having trouble formatting the following formula as a reference to MSU's result for the magnetic field inside a spherical shell and the vector magnetic potential outside the magnetic shell. The ...
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Having trouble formatting quotations that have $\pu{1.0 Kg}$ as an example or just going to the next line also

I was encountering a formatting issue when writing one of my articles here that I will try to reproduce and summarize here: When I quote text and I want to embed units, I have formatting issues, ...
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Bug: Can't write matrices and newlines $\LaTeX$ in Tag Editor.

Problem: I can't write matrices and newlines with MathJax in $\LaTeX$ in the Tag Editor. I've noticed on several SE pages that I can't write line breaks in MathJax. On some pages, an ...
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Piecewise Equation Formatting Issue in MathJax Preview

I am composing a question involving piecewise polynomial equations, but the preview formatting isn't coming out how I expect. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong? The notation I'm using: ...
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Are there any symbol to make a "half-space" in MathJax? half the size of $\text{\,}$ approx $\text{\kern 0.08333em}$?

Are there any symbol to make a half-space in MathJax? half the size of $\text{\,}$ approx $\text{\kern 0.08333em}$ ? If I write jointly the letter $\rho$ with the "letter C with undertext letter ...
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How to have multi-line pasted text show as multiple lines of text in mathjax.

The only way I know how to have multiline text "show" as multiline text is to add 4-5 leading spaces to each line of pasted text. line 1 line 2 This is ...
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New associated site. [duplicate]

Although I've not been active on Mathematics.se, on Physics from time to time, there are people enthusiastic about their new model, very often with an incoherent or incomplete proof. I'm assuming ...
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Partial MathJaX editing

There was a (now-closed) question which was horribly formatted by the OP. I put in some initial formatting to show him what to do in order to make it more readable, but did not finish everything since ...
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Why does this produce math equations indented with grey bar?

By looking at the posts on Mathematics Stack Exchange I have figured out how to produce an inset of math equations, like this: $S=\{1,2,3\ldots \text{ n for }n\in \mathbb{N}\}\\ Y_{i,j}=\{i|i\in \...
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Why Coloured parts of questions are removed?

Out of curiosity, after I learnt the use of mathjax if I thought necessary (obviously may be not for others) I use the $\color{red}{colour }$ code to mark any point of my question, but some users ...
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Network-wide feature request to support MathJax in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the communities with MathJax support, ...
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Can I make this little table of diagrams better than ASCII graphics?

In my question How can one recognize when two Coxeter diagrams represent the same uniform polytope?, I have a simple table into which I want to put three little Coxeter diagrams. Here are the three ...
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Quicker command for fraktur letters than \mathfrak?

There is a shorthand way of writing letters in blackboard bold: instead of using \mathbb, we use \Bbb. This substantially sped up my time writing questions and answers on math.SE. In the course of ...
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$\rm\LaTeX$ align code is not working properly.

Recently I had answered a question. I had used the $\rm\LaTeX$ command \begin{align}...\end{align} but the equations are not perfectly aligned. This is the code I ...
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Edition of formulas from a generic New Contributor for the first post or comment: how do they learn it?

I would like to know as curiosity, or as a reflection or thought that maybe can be useful the following question (I didn't add answers on this site Mathematics Stack Exchange and I don't help to ...
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How many variations of this grey background are there?

In Math Stack Exchange, it is common to find in an answer the question rewritten like this: Find the remainder when $2^{55}+1$ is divided by $33$ Then you find someone has hidden one of their ...
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How to best format the question mark that immediately follows an equation in a question sentence?

Searching for "punctuation after equation" didn't turn up anything here so I'll post this as a new question. This question (on a different site) in its entirety: I was wondering where does the ...
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Please enable syntax highlighting on Mathematics SE

Would it be possible to enable syntax highlighting (colour) for code blocks on Mathematics SE? For example, on Stack Overflow: My motivation for asking this question is that I was disappointed to see ...
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Bracketed values with Mathjax

I would like to be able to produce something like this with Mathjax: i.e. two values bracketed together, one value on its own in the middle and two more values bracketed together. Does anyone know ...
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Proper use of italics when asking a question.

What are the pros/cons of using two asterisks vs using mathjax when trying to italicize something in a question? Thanks in advance.
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How do I put those yellow boxes in my question?

Whenever I post a question, $5$ minutes later someone edits a yellow box around the part of the question that couldn’t fit in the title. I wish to save those nice souls their time and learn to do it ...
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Is there a way to make a section of a post "collapsible"?

You know how some webpages will have a section that looks like > 'heading'; and when you click on it, it expands into a wall of text? Is there a way to include one of those in post? There are times ...
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I can't write 'Hello!' at the beggining of the question

I hope that I could find some help with the problem that I described with the title of this post. I forgot to write it when I first posted it and than when I edited few stuff I tried to add a 'Hello!',...
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Can you use a smaller font?

I am about to ask a question on math.stackexchange, which requires me to talk a little bit about my representation. For example I include an AMScd picture, which does not look exactly how it is ...
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How to write a line through text? [duplicate]

How to write a line through text or words ? Like the \underline{} in latex but in the middle the line, to indicate something is wrong.
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How can we resize a graph?

Is it possible to resize a graph in a post? For example, I wanted to resize this one, because the original size looks much better.
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Inserting braces in a brace [closed]

I don’t know how can I ensert the right braces using latex... Any help is appreciated...
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Is it a bug that over/under braces vary in size for same-size expressions?

In this question on the Puzzling Stack Exchange, I wrote this answer with some Mathjax, but it formatted a little weirdly. Here is what I wrote: Some unecessary information, blah blah blah The ...
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Transforming numbers in a matrix structure into color squares

Suppose we have a matrix of numbers $$\begin{matrix} 1 & 3 & 2 & 4 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\ \end{matrix}$$ I would like to ...
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How to label equations on the left with mathjax?

In a proper TeX environment, one can use preamble to set the equation labels (tags) on the left for the entire document. There are also tricks to do this locally. On the webpage here, sometimes a ...
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Block quotes visible for the color blind

I was just on the main site, tweaking my color settings, when I noticed that it may be difficult to see block quotes, which are a light palish color, against a white background. For the color blind, I ...
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How are **bold** and *italics* presented in comments?

I have tried using $<b>bold</b>$ and $<i>italics</i>$ with and without the dollar signs and neither seems to work in comments. Although that is what I have seen trying to look ...
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Should the overuse of colored text be discouraged?

I have just edited this question, because apart from some spelling mistakes the asker had colored a good portion of the text (not the equations!), almost as if they wanted to convey what they felt ...
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Ways to make a table in a question?

I know there exist https://tex.stackexchange.com/ but I am looking for a way to draw a table in math.stackexchange box. So, my question is: Is there a way to make a table in the question box? I ...
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Spoiler and List problem

Is is possible to make a spoiler space with a numbererd list inside? ! Here is what I have tried: ! 1. The first. ! 2. The second. or or ! Here is what I have tried: 1. The first. 2....
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Stop misuse of Markdown blockquotes for emphasis

As discussed in the comment to this answer, several users of this site use Markdown blockquotes (lines starting with >, like in an e-mail) to emphasize text. For ...
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How to colour long sentences without causing them to overflow and exceed the page?

The entitled question can be seen in an older version How can a Fields Medallist be 'not very good at logic'?: $\color{green}{\qquad \text{Well, the idea that mathematics is synonymous with ...
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MathJax and the French notation for open intervals

\begin{align} \forall x\in(0,+\infty), \quad f(x) > 0 \tag 1 \\[10pt] \forall x\in ]0,+\infty[, \quad f(x) > 0 \tag 2 \\[10pt] \forall x\in {]}0,+\infty{[}, \quad f(x) > 0 \tag 3 \end{align} ...
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The Syntax of Chatting

Noob question. Over in the Mathematics.SE chat area, when the equations and terms posted are more complicated than, say, "sqrt(-1)" or " X^y," they are often in a shorthand, which seems like a ...
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How to make the table fit better?

I made the following table: As you can probably see, it is far too long... or wide or whatever. ...
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How to use normal text along with mathjax in same line? [duplicate]

I was trying to display both normal text and mathjax generated output continuously in the same line. I've tried configuring inline technique using \$ but failed. I also tried \text{...} which does not ...
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How can I make separate sentences or paragraphs?

Hello I am new to Stackexchange and I'm trying to learn how to make separate sentences, paragraphs and to write proper math script. So, everytime I try to make a paragraph or separate 2 sentences ...
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Why are (most) spaces eliminated in \mathrm formatting? [duplicate]

Why does this: $\mathrm{The quick, brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.}$ result in this: $\mathrm{The quick, brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.}$ Note ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

I've noticed that though there is a way to color text or equations, in mathjax, though very few users use it. On the otherhand, those who do, use it regularly. To me, coloring seems a nice way to ...
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What to do with questions formatted exclusively with a piece of paper, a pen and a camera? [duplicate]

Writing a well-formatted question struggles new users. Some decide instead of typing the actual text of the question, typesetting formulae with $\LaTeX$ and using plotting software, it would be ...
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Problems with losing MathJax formatting previews while creating question or answer

I've tried searching the site, but couldn't find anything that answers my question. Whenever I'm creating a new question or answer and I'm taking a while to type it all out since I'm still learning ...
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