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Old 2006-04-02, 07:55   #1
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I noticed that many mathematical equations are written in TeX format using the <math> tag. However, the problem is that the text is converted into graphics, which makes it harder for others to copy.

And the thing is, we want others to be able to copy the content easily.

So if no one minds, should I convert some of the mathematical graphics into Unicode/ASCII text?
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Old 2006-04-02, 12:57   #2
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I prefer using <math> tags. Anyway you could display it using HTML or MathML (instead of graphics) by changing your preferences. Then you can copy the contents of the page.
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Old 2006-04-05, 02:42   #3
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That didn't work for my computer. Also, a problem about using image rendering is that they take more bandwidth. For example, an image with the letter N has a much larger file size than the ASCII text N. Also, the font is quite different, and this inconsistency makes the wiki look messy.

I've went ahead and removed the <math> tags from variable names and the simplest of expressions.
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Old 2006-04-05, 11:31   #4
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The problem with that approach is semantic. For example, when the letter x is inside <math> tags, as in x we know that we are talking about the variable.

See the pros and cons of using Tex on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Formula
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Old 2006-04-05, 23:58   #5
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Don't change things just to save bandwidth. We use maybe 1/4 of what we have available daily.
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Old 2006-04-06, 00:00   #6
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The problem with that approach is semantic. For example, when the letter x is inside <math> tags, as in x we know that we are talking about the variable.
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