# Is there a standard place to point people to learn how to typeset their equations?

I've seen a number of questions in which the moderators change html equations into LaTeX, or else people writing in the comments that the site supports LaTeX. Do we have a standard place where we can point people so they can learn how to typeset equations on the message board? There is a short section in the FAQ, but it probably isn't detailed enough for most people to learn what to do if they're not already familiar with LaTeX.

• – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jul 25 '11 at 20:45
• I haven't found a link I'm really happy with yet. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jul 25 '11 at 20:47
• @dmckee I haven't either, at least for explaining how to use mathjax to typeset math and so forth. If you find anything let us know and we can link it in the /editing-help and edit sidebar – Jeff Atwood Jul 25 '11 at 23:27
• – Qmechanic Jan 25 '15 at 21:52

The folks over at Math.SE have put together a brief summary of what you can do with MathJax.

Possibly the only thing left out for people completely new to TeX-style markup is emphasizing that all math is done in "math mode" delimited by one or two dollar signs. (Actually, I suppose \begin{} ... \end{} environments are recognized too, but details...) Aside from that and a somewhat dense layout, I think it suffices for showing the basics. Plus, it's already on the SE network, so the MathJax implementation is (presumably) the same as ours.

I found this page in Google once and it is quite good for a very start (it is short in the first place -- there is nothing better to convince someone that LaTeX is easy than a thousand-page user manual (= ): http://www.haptonstahl.org/latex/basics_mathmode.php

I found the this wikibook very good http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics

I don't think so. The people at math.SE did come up with something but it's not really a guide, just a pointer to some resources. I think if we developed a short (but not as short as the built-in help) LaTeX guide here, it would make a great question.

• I started trying to implement this, but either mixing code and the MathJax delimiters is a no-no, or MathJax is not active on meta... I suppose I'll delete it soon unless someone objects. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jul 25 '11 at 22:19
• It's the latter, I believe, that MathJax is not active on meta. I think it would still be a useful reference to have, we might just have to use images to show what the MathJax markup looks like rather than having it actually rendered inline. – David Z Jul 25 '11 at 22:57
• You could ask MathJax to be enabled though. On Math.SE we have it turned on in Meta also. – Willie Wong Jul 25 '11 at 23:17
• @Willie: well then I guess we can try that. I thought we'd asked for it to be enabled on meta here as well but the team denied the request. – David Z Jul 26 '11 at 0:39
• I asked in the mod chat room but didn't get a response... – David Z Jul 26 '11 at 19:29
• @DavidZaslavsky I don't know what the situation was over a year ago, but check out meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/5020/… - they've got a pretty good intro guide to MathJax there. – user10851 Dec 8 '12 at 0:26
• @ChrisWhite it looks like that question is fairly recent. It would make a great answer if you'd like to post the link (or quote it) here. – David Z Dec 8 '12 at 2:19