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

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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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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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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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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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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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fix or explain?

When I encounter an unformatted or badly formatted post, I usually leave a comment such as this one explaining how to fix the problems rather than fixing them myself. This is not just because I don't ...
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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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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 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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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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When $\LaTeX$-ifying, please use stacked fractions

When editing the contents of a question to "$\LaTeX$-ify" it, especially if the question is of a pre-college (or non-math-major) level, please consider using stacked fractions (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Allow TeXification in <code> tags.

Some special characters, e.g. *, _ and \ have special meaning in Markdown syntax, but these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to color a sentence?

[Question edited on 5/28/16] I have read this link. But I still don't understand how to color the text a sentence. Can one actually do that? Could anyone give an example for coloring the text? 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 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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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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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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Align text to right

Today when I saw a question, I laughed. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...