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Should the overuse of colored text be discouraged?

Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. Markdown provides enough methods to draw attention to different parts of text, though bold and italic and even bold italic, not to forget block quotes when one ...
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Should the overuse of colored text be discouraged?

Please note the sarcasm. I don't see any $\color{purple}{\text{problem}}$ with this, adding $\color{red}{\text{c}}\color{orange}{\text{o}}\color{green}{\text{l}}\color{blue}{\text{o}}\color{purple}{\...
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Problem with MathJax and Screen Readers

Disclaimer: I'm part of the MathJax team. Also, this got a bit long. tl;dr Try out NVDA with MathPlayer 4 on Firefox here on math.SE JAWS 13 is a bit old (2011) and the situation of screenreaders ...
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Block quotes visible for the color blind

I am delighted that you are considering this issue. I am slightly red/green color blind. It is nearly impossible for me to see the block quotes on math.stackexchange. A light grey background would ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

(I'm a new user so I don't have anything to contribute as far as norms here go, but I'm really interested in how to effectively convey information in an accessible way!) Like others have said, the ...
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Can I make this little table of diagrams better than ASCII graphics?

In your special case we can get away with the built-in \triangledown to represent the lines connecting each vertex. We can also make use of ...
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Should the overuse of colored text be discouraged?

Colored text can be useful. I can only think of one example at the moment, which is for highlighting correspondences between different parts of a piece of text, like so: $\frac{d}{dx} (\color{red}{x^3}...
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How to start new line on MSE?

There are three approaches for line breaks. As pointed out in the comments, Approaches 2 and 3 produce the same HTML output when rendered on the page. Approach 1: Press "Enter" twice Output: Hi ...
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Would HTML/Unicode formatting cause troubles?

Although there are some great comments above, one thing no one has mentioned is people who use assistive technology like screen readers. Having the mathematics clearly marked as mathematics (as ...
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What to do with questions formatted exclusively with a piece of paper, a pen and a camera?

Some decide instead of typing the actual text of the question, typesetting formulae with LATEX and using plotting software, it would be better for them to avoid the effort Okay, hold on. You seem to ...
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How to colour long sentences without causing them to overflow and exceed the page?

Simple solution: don't abuse MathJax to colour your text.
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MathJax and the French notation for open intervals

Since my comment under the other answer got about three times more votes than the answer, maybe it's worth converting it into a full answer: The correct way would be, as far as I can tell, to convert ...
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How to write mathematical symbols such as $\sum_{i=n}^\mathbb{N}$ with indices below/above the $\sum$

You can use \limits to get that as in $\sum\limits_{i=n}^\mathbb{N}\frac1{i^2}$. However, this severely messes with the interline spacing. code: ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

(I've never used Meta before -- I noted there's no answer yet, but a lot of comments, so I hope I'm not doing something wrong) To first give an example of what I would consider good coloring; I like ...
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Transforming numbers in a matrix structure into color squares

You can do it, but you need to use large squares and hide their height and depth using \smash. It helps to use a definition or two. Here is one approach: ...
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Proper use of italics when asking a question.

Use mathjax for mathematics, not for text formatting. The mathjax italics happen because mathjax thinks "abcde" is just a string of variables.
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MathJax and the French notation for open intervals

Plain $\mathrm{\TeX}$ defines \mathcode`\[="405B \mathcode`\]="505D \delcode`\[="05B302 \delcode`\]="05D303 and $\mathrm{\LaTeX}$ does essentially the same. One ...
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Can you use a smaller font?

As suggested in other posts about this issue, you can use <sup> or <sub>. It is probably not optimal, but at least ...
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I can't write 'Hello!' at the beggining of the question

You are not supposed to write a greeting at the start of the question. There is a script in place that removes certain common forms of greetings (or at least what appears to be like one, there are ...
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Network-wide feature request to support MathJax in tables

So it seems that tables are now enabled here. Here is a CW-answer for testing how they work with MathJax. A header Another header Limit $\lim\limits_{x\to\infty} f(x)$ Matrix $\begin{pmatrix}1&...
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Does MathJaX have a command to stretch or reduce vertical space?

Another possibility is to use \smash to stop MathJAX from adjusting the line spacing to accomodate mathematical expressions: $$\begin{align} \smash{\sum_{i=1}^n}F_{...
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Why are (most) spaces eliminated in \mathrm formatting?

If you want to write text in math-mode then use \text{...} or variants thereof for example: ...
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How to best format the question mark that immediately follows an equation in a question sentence?

As far as I know, math SE does not have a formal style guide so (as the comments to your question indicate) there is no one correct answer to where the punctuation should go. If the correctness is ...
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Is there a way to make a section of a post "collapsible"?

To reiterate what was said in a comment, that's not really possible, except in a way on mobile. It is possible though to hide text as a spoiler. Like this (hover over it to show, click to fix it, on ...
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Bracketed values with Mathjax

The following: $$\left.\begin{array}{c} 5\\ 6 \end{array} \right] \quad 2\quad \left[\begin{array}{c} 1\\ 2 \end{array}\right.$$ is produced by ...
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Why does this produce math equations indented with grey bar?

This isn't part of MathJax or LaTeX; it's part of Markdown, which is the Stack Exchange way of formatting posts in general (e.g. italicizing the name Markdown, or making formatted links). What you ...
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Align text to right

This answer to a similar question (as linked to in the comments by Martin Sleziak) suggests the hack of $$\tag*{$\blacksquare$}$$, which looks like the following: ...
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How can I make the size of an integral sign even larger than the 'standard large integral' size?

To make just the integral sign bigger, but leave the limits alone, we can define a new operator with \operatorname{\Huge\int}: $$ \operatorname{\Huge\int}_0^1x\,\...
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