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

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Do we have an equation editing HOWTO?

I see other posters writing beautiful integrals and quotients within quotients and matrices and sigma summations and and and... is there a guide for that?
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Formatting Sandbox

Basically the same as Formatting Sandbox in Meta Stack Exchange, but since this and Statistical Analysis are the only two sites (I know) supporting $\TeX$ formatting, I believe we also need one here ...
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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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where is the latex reference please [duplicate]

hi, There is a nice pretty markdown ref but no simple quick latex reference. I looked around in the faq and on meta. I also googled for some latex reference and some of it looks slightly different ...
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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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Allow TeXification in <code> tags.

Some special characters, e.g. *, _ and \ have special meaning in Markdown syntax, but these ...
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TeX math markup is sorely needed

This site is going to need TeX markup to express mathematical symbols and formulas well.
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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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Why no use displaystyle in titles?

Why can't I use \displaystyle or $$ in titles? What's the problem? I'm not sure if it's necessary to use in titles, but I am ...
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TeXification is too aggressive, or “How to enter a dollar sign?”

The current TeXification function is too aggressive. The current behavior is that, any text between two dollar signs in a single element will be formatted as a TeX formula. this excludes any ...
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Carets stop hyperlinks working.

The caret symbol, ^, stops hyperlinks working, a phenomenon usually seen in links to Wolfram Alpha. The [description](hyperlink) form: this works, produced by [this works](http://wolframalpha.com/...
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Creating simple graphs

I've answered a question on the intuition behind the Arc Length formula. I would really like to add a couple of simple pictures to illustrate the two distance computations. They would involve a ...
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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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Linebreaks in comments don't seem to be working

The help page says: End a line with two spaces to add a <br/> linebreak But I did that in my comment here and I do not see any sort of break. What's ...
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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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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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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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WYSIWYG for math formulas?

Is there any website or tool that allows you to create math formulas visually which can then be pasted on this website? I'm looking for something like the equation editor in Microsoft Word or Google ...
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Italics/emphasized text not working after a mathematical formula

In this post over here: Convergence of Series of Functions i have noticed an error. When i put * a * the text doesn't turn italic, but its remaining the same. Not sure whats problem.
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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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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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Editing formulas with Unicode symbols

Should the questions with Unicode symbols in formulas be edited? I'm asking this based on this question. Look in the source code to see what I mean.
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Does this question seem to have formatting problems in Safari?

A few minutes ago, a user reported in a moderator flag that this question is not displaying correctly: The whole page (questions, answers, and comments) has formatting problems. Something weird is ...
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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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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 ...