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The text figures should stay This is one of two “just-vote” answers which I create to allow people to express their opinion on whether or not the use of text figures by default makes sense. Feel free to vote for one of them if you have a sufficiently clear gut feeling one way or the other. If you want to express reasons, arguments, case distinctions or in ...


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There is general agreement that titles should not include displaystyle math so as to conserve vertical space on the front page (see here). I don't think it is a stretch to expand this to include other forms deliberate enlarging of titles, or otherwise making titles conspicuous in lists of questions (e.g., using colours as in "$\color{red}{\text{NEED HELP ...


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The text figures should go away This is one of two “just-vote” answers which I create to allow people to express their opinion on whether or not the use of text figures by default makes sense. Feel free to vote for one of them if you have a sufficiently clear gut feeling one way or the other. If you want to express reasons, arguments, case distinctions or ...


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As suggested in other posts about this issue, you can use <sup> or <sub>. It is probably not optimal, but at least doable within the limitations of the software. See: How do I use a small font size in questions and answers? You can also support a related feature requests Allow the <small> tag and Markdown extension for really small tiny ...


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For me, \prod $\prod$ does look like \Pi $\Pi$. Except bigger. If it does not look that way for you, then maybe it is a problem with your browser, or the fonts on your computer. Why not tell us what they are?


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Thinking about it, I also realize that we could $\Large\text{use LaTeX}$ in ways that are $\Huge\text{still of questionable merit}$, but which fit inline. Note that we can't ${\fontsize{3cm}{1em}\selectfont use an arbitrary fontsize}$. But then again, some might ask $\Tiny\text{why we would do this at all.}$


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MathML also uses local fonts. When it works, it should look nicer than HTML-CSS rendering, but support for it is spotty. Firefox supports it natively, and there's a plugin for Internet Explorer, but most common WebKit browsers -- in particular, Safari and Chrome -- have poor or no MathML support at the moment. SVG is a graphics standard, so there should be ...


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$$ e^{\int_0^1 \log(1-x^2)\,dx} $$ Right click on the math, go to Math Settings > Scale All Math... and enter your favorite number bigger than 100.


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I suppose if you really wanted to Then you could vary it up by abusing headers But this hurts my sensibilities


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I agree with the basic premise: 3.14159265358979323846 is not how I expect $\pi$ to be written. While we do have MathJax $3.14159$ and monospace 3.14159, the latter adds background while the former comes with the overhead of JavaScript and $ markup. As far as I can tell, only two math-heavy SE sites use serif for the body of posts (both use Georgia): ...


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This has been fixed and will be deployed in the next build out.


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I don't view this on my smartphone. But on my computer, I can choose [


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This is expected behavior, see the MathJax documentation on character fallbacks. The default (CM-derived) fonts do not have the necessary glyphs and MathJax's falback chain prefers available glyphs over system fonts (so that it has glyph metrics for its layout).


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$$\tiny\text{is this small enough}$$ if you want it as a picture caption etc. you can use MathJax: $$\tiny\text{tiny}\\\scriptsize{scriptsize}\\\small\text{small}\\^{\raise{-12px}{{\tiny\text{5}}}}$$ etc. not ideal though. Addendum: added tiny text within exponent (but lowered, using raise) example. of course, if you want it not seen \phantom{text} will ...


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The query Displayed math in title returns 48 posts. Some of them may have been brought into shape after the database dump -- although it's quite fresh right now, made only about an hour ago. Some are pretty old. In any case, the query may help editors to keep this trend under control as far as displays are concerned. LaTeX abuse in the body of a post is ...


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Follow the names: \prod is for products, \sum is for sums, \Pi is for the capital Greek letter "pi" and \Sigma for the capital Greek letter "sigma". To use \Pi for products or \Sigma for sums is counterproductive, if only for spacing and indexing reasons.


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Seeing the nearly equal split between lining and text figures in the poll, I think this is something that users should be able to choose on their side. Below I give CSS rules with their implementation for Firefox and Chrome. They change the font of posts and comments to Times New Roman, which has lining figures. Note that Times needs a larger font size to be ...


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A bit of research showed that there exists a “Georgia Pro” which has several added features. This news item from 2011 explicitely mentions numerals: The original Georgia and Verdana fonts differ in their default settings for numerals. While Verdana defaults to lining figures, which rest on the baseline and commonly share the same height as capital letters,...


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The issue has been resolved in MathJax 2.4 (which has deployed in beta). $$\Large\textsf{This is}\ldots\texttt{awesome.}$$


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MathJax's HTML-CSS output tries to use locally installed fonts, when possible, and it looks for two local fonts: the MathJax TeX fonts, and the STIX fonts. If neither is found, then web-based fonts are used (usually the MathJax TeX fonts). In your case, your earlier image shows the MathJax TeX fonts, so that is using the MathJax TeX web fonts. The second ...


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In the body of a post, this may well be caused by a user not knowing how to adjust a web browser correctly, or a user using a somewhat broken browser. In any case, inappropriate scaling of large amounts of mathematics seems to be a problem that should be edited away whenever possible.


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For sake of providing an answer and not leaving this question dangling, I just experienced a font change as well. There is 100% correlation between this change and my recent install of STIX fonts. If you find STIX fonts in your OS's fonts folder, then it appears they will be preferentially used.


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We could use STIX. This is the font MathJax will use by default, so it should give the most consistent integration of formulas and written texts. And the font should contain many special Unicode symbols useful for mathematics, and many mathematicians will have these fonts installed. For those who don't have it installed, a downloadable version can be ...


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Just to express my opinion: I don't like to type two dollar signs when I write numbers. No to mention this is counter-habit of writing $\mathrm{\LaTeX}$... Besides, it is so easy to type $1$ as \$!\$.


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