I posted this question on Stack Exchange Meta as a bug. I'm posting it here for informational purposes and I'd suggest going to the Stack Exchange Meta version and upvoting that if you want (or indeed downvoting it of that's your preference :-) ). Obviously vote here on Physics Meta if you want to.

When reviewing an edit on Physics SE I noticed that an edit made to replace an image of mathematics with MathJax (the preferred choice on Physics SE) was not shown properly when the rendered output was previewed.

Here's an image:

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Note on the right the new edit version (awaiting approval or rejection) is shown in green, but instead of the rendered output being shown we get the "raw" MathJax code. It's extremely difficult in many cases to tell if the code is an accurate representation of the image it is replacing and we really need to see properly rendered MathJax in these approval dialogs.

Note we already get to see the "raw" MathJax when we select the "Markdown" option.

As MathJax is such a significant element of Physics SE (and other sites) it's important we get to see the rendered output, not just the code.

For completeness this was on Firefox 78.0.1 64-bit under Linux Mint 18. MathJax correctly renders on the main Physics SE site.


Note also that the issue does not affect the edit history which uses a different layout. That can view rendered and raw MathJax correctly. This issue only affects the review queue AFAIK.

Thanks to member Luuklag for showing me it is possible to add a link to items in the review queue, which I had mistakenly assumed was not possible.

  • $\begingroup$ As a work around for now, if you want to see the rendered output you could copy the Mathjax, open a new tab with some other SE post you can edit (like a new question / answer, or editing existing things) and copy the Mathjax into it. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2020 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ @BioPhysicist I currently use a desktop application application called Remarkable for that kind of thing myself. $\endgroup$ Jul 14, 2020 at 13:25


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