Mathjax is a way of rendering mathematical equations using markup. I'd like it to be enabled on this site as it is on math and physics? Sometimes it's very hard to answer certain questions without the use of some mathematical notation.

Should Mathjax be activated for this site?

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I would like to see this, and why not?

On Math, we can use LaTeX like this: $\LaTeX$. To make a normal dollar sign, one can use \$.

On Electrical Engineering, we use \$\LaTeX\$. The $ makes a normal dollar sign. This is because the $ delimiters caused problems (relevant meta).

I would like to see TeX on the site, but it isn't that important to use $ for it. Use \$ instead, like on Electrical Engineering. Besides, more users of this site will know Electrical Engineering than they will know Math, I think.

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  • I don't think the $...$ syntax will be a problem as long as we implement it ASAP. Otherwise we'll have a ton of legacy to deal with like math and ee. – Peter Andersson Apr 2 '13 at 15:43
  • @PeterAndersson Probably not, but it might be a problem for new users. In addition to that, I think more people on RE.SE are from EE than from Math or Physics. It would be easier for them this way. – user187 Apr 2 '13 at 16:20
  • @CamilStaps: agreed, why not. It is conceivable someone might want to use this kind of notation in this context. I also agree with Peter that this should likely be done ASAP. – 0xC0000022L Apr 3 '13 at 12:45
  • Less than 4.2% of the users who committed to this site are from EE or Math. Also, only 59% of the users who committed are actually participating in the beta. So, that comes out to 2*352*0.59*0.042 ~= 18 users at most from both EE and Math. Also, I havent seen any questions other than the one example cited by @PeterAndersson which makes me believe that this feature isn't needed (at least until there is a better argument for it). Camil, why not? because there is no point adding elements to a UI that will rarely be used. – asheeshr Apr 3 '13 at 15:21
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    Well I can't speak for others but building that post was a major pain in the ass. Without MathJax I have no intention of doing that sort of reply again. IMO the site will lose quality content based on the absence of a feature which is trivial to add. Remember that this is just the beginning of the site. I would be surprised (read disappointed) if only 4% have a mathematical, EE or CS interest while participating in a RE site. – Peter Andersson Apr 3 '13 at 16:06

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