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

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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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$\rm\LaTeX$ 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Align text to right

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