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Questions tagged [formatting]

Formatting is the process, to emphasize, layout and decorate a text for a better user-experience.

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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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Does this edit “improve” the formatting? [duplicate]

Per the comment submitted with the edit: "Improved formatting." With the edited formatting, however, the title of this question appears with the unformatted syntax and, imho, looks worse: Are there ...
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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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What is the correct syntax for directing a comment to a specific user?

I believe the syntax to use is that @ symbol followed by the member's username with no spaces. That one is easy when a username is formatted as one word. What should one do if a member's username has ...
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More than one space character between words

Is it not possible to write more than one space between two words? Sometimes I need to type more than one space to make my statements look more distinct. However, it automatically turns out to one ...
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Problem with MathJax and Screen Readers

I have created two accounts in math.stackexchange.com. This is the new one because I forgot my password the the old account. I have ask many questions before and until now I have problems writing ...
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How can I make the size of an integral sign even larger than the 'standard large integral' size?

I would to syntax an integral that is even larger than $${\Large\int} _{x_0}^{x_0+L}$$ with the standard integral size shown for reference:$${\int} _{x_0}^{x_0+L}$$ As unfortunately, I cannot get ...
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Latex Not Formatted

I get the following error when trying to view formatted questions in Chrome 45 on Windows 7. ...
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Editing to correct formatting. What to do when author edits discarding formatting changes? Why the high rep barrier?

I've known about MSE for a while, but I only just recently got involved in MSE properly. One of the daily things I do here on this site is make edits to new posts (often by new users) to add $\LaTeX$ ...
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How to make a gray background for questions

Instead of putting an image to type up a question, how do I get the gray background? For example here: FAQ for math.stackexchange It isn't a question, but I want that background? JL guessing: ...
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How to start new line on MSE?

Suppose I am writing something like- "Not only will two students need to raise a baby together, but they will need to do so while living together for two weeks#. Two weeks of Lane Evans and Dawn ...
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Would HTML/Unicode formatting cause troubles?

Although, as of now, this comment collected 17 upvotes, I still hope that the thought was expressed not precisely enough. (Mis)typesetting like      b^2 - a^2 = (b+a)x(b-a) can induce vomit, many ...
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Align text to right

Today when I saw a question, I laughed. ...
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Unable to format a question, two syntax issues

I wrote the following response Proving logic statements, but am running into multiple issues formatting it the way I would like. About half the syntaxes I try from https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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How to go to the next line in comments?

When I write a comment, I don't know how to go to the next line because if I press Enter button It will submit the comment.
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Can't put formatted tag names in tag wiki excerpt?

If you enter the text [tag:tag] in the tag wiki textbox, it produces tag. If you enter the text [tag:tag] in the tag wiki ...
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How can I make an array with all columns as wide as the widest one?

For example, let's say I wanted to make this diagram of a board in the game 2048: $$ \begin{array}{|r|r|} \hline 1024 & \color{white}{0}512 & \color{white}{00}16 & \color{white}{000}2 \\ \...
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Does MathJaX have a command to stretch or reduce vertical space?

The equations below: $$\begin{align} \sum_{i=1}^n F_{2i-1}&=F_1+F_3+F_5+\cdots+F_{2n-1}\\ &=1+2+5+\cdots+F_{2n-1}\\ &=F_{2n}\\ \end{align} $$ have a problem with too much space between the ...
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How to write mathematical symbols such as $\sum_{i=n}^\mathbb{N}$ with indices below/above the $\sum$ [duplicate]

I want to write: $\cup_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$, and $\sum_{i=n}^\mathbb{N}$. But I want them the index to be above and below the symbol, not to the side, how do I fix this?
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Block quote in list

How do I put a block quote inside an item of an enumerated list without causing it to break the list or to end the item by its ending? What I mean is: Item 1 Item 2 Block quote Either the rest ...
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Help with formatting: columns

I am new to this site and having a few issues with formatting my question. I am attempting to ask a question in which I need to show 3 lines of data in 3 columns (as below) but am struggling to get ...
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How to do new line in comments [duplicate]

Take a look at this answer and you'll notice that in the comments on that answer, he provided mathematical expressions on a new line. Is that just because there was not enough space left on the line, ...
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Three strike rule to using MathJax

I believe one problem with math.stackexchange is the lack of discipline by newer users when it comes to using MathJax. Let me elaborate. Much too often, one can see a question posted by a user that ...
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Is there a MathJaX equivalent of `\makebox` or something similar?

I apologize if this is the wrong forum, but I recently discovered \makebox and certain other formatting commands such as \clap ...
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Why can't I insert formulas from MS Math Input Panel app?

So I just tried to write a simple formula with Microsoft Math Input Panel and it didn't work. When I press the "insert" button in the app, nothing happens. Is there a way to make it work? I suspect ...
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Spurious indentation in preformatted code [duplicate]

In this post I pasted some R code: > r <- eigen(A) > V <- r$vectors > lam <- r$values > Lmbd <- diag(lam) This was entered as but at the ...
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What is the right way to typeset these limits?

In a recent answer I typeset the following expression: $$\cos x\left.\right|_{-\pi/4}^0$$ (I used \cos x\left.\right|_{-\pi/4}^0) I thought it looked funny on ...
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Why can't I read formatted text?

Whenever someone answers with formatted text it looks just like how it would when they're typing it. Sometimes it works randomly, like I am able to see how it should be, but most of the time it does ...
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Comment text truncated in timeline

The comment text in the timeline view (mod only) seems to be truncated on the right when the text is long enough to wrap. It looks as if the line width is miscalculated. The source comments that run ...
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Square Brackets are not displaying correctly.

I would like to put $c_{i,j}$ into stretchy square brackets [] but it keeps giving me the floor function brackets for some reason. \left[ c_{i,j} \right] = $\left[ ...
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MathJax makes preview flicker

When using quite some TeX (or using a slow computer), every time the preview of the post you're writing is updated (and MathJax reloads), the preview flickers. This is getting very annoying. It's a ...
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What is the best way to write an arbitrary multi-variable function?

I have been a bit confused for a while on what is the best way to write a multi-variable function of an arbitrary number of input variables when writing a question or answer. My first thought is to ...
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Annoying inability to format things

Recently a change has made **Theorem** adsfdf *proof*: asdfdsaf comes out as Theorem adsfdf proof: asdfdsaf rather than having a line break between them. <...
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Was the font for TeX commands change? [closed]

In my opinion the font looks like Times and not like CM as before. Commands like \sum for example are producing different kind of serifs. Was the font change or ...