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Starwatcher162536
05-05-2009, 11:15 PM
I am not a very articulate person, in prose at least. I tend to think in terms of graphs, as such, it would be nice if we could get some typesetting functionality like LaTeX that made it easier to post equations.

I am not a programmer, and as such have no idea how hard it would be to add this.

For an example, look at the fifth post down

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=311723

AemJeff
05-05-2009, 11:24 PM
I am not a very articulate person, in prose at least. I tend to think in terms of graphs, as such, it would be nice if we could get some typesetting functionality like LaTeX that made it easier to post equations.

I am not a programmer, and as such have no idea how hard it would be to add this.

For an example, look at the fifth post down

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=311723

I doubt you'll find much interest in that effort being made here. From the point of view of management, here, I doubt there's much advantage. You could do the typesetting elsewhere, I suppose, and post it here as a small inline graphic.

bjkeefe
05-06-2009, 12:34 AM
I doubt you'll find much interest in that effort being made here. From the point of view of management, here, I doubt there's much advantage. You could do the typesetting elsewhere, I suppose, and post it here as a small inline graphic.

That's what I was going to suggest, too. Second option: post your graphics elsewhere on the Web and include them in your post using the tags; e.g., http://example.com/mypix/graph01.png. (GUI equivalent: click the second icon to the right -- the one that looks like a postcard(?), next to the Quote icon -- in the toolbar above the textarea.)

You can create your graphics on your local machine and them upload them for hosting for free at any number of sites; e.g., Flickr, Picasa, ImageShack, Photobucket, etc. I mention this second option because there are some irritating display size limits on pictures that you upload to this site. Also, unless I'm missing something about how this forum works, images uploaded to this site are treated as attachments, which makes them harder (impossible?) to position, inline, in your post, whereas the chunk of text can be placed anywhere.

As Jeff says, though, the nature of Bh.tv being a global juggernaut in ambition but not quite yet in salary capacity means that there is not much chance that programmatic changes will be made to this site and its forum software any time soon.

Finally, be aware if you're posting an image in a diavlog thread that your post may cause problems on the corresponding video page. I'd recommend you experiment in one of the non-diavlog threads. (Actually, it may be the case that any inline images are automatically suppressed when comments appear on the video page. I'm not sure.)

Anyway, good luck.

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Should any of the overlords be reading this, however (or for future reference), I took a look at the vBulletin forums and it does appear (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=91545&highlight=latex) that the tags can be implemented with a plug-in of sorts. The idea is that the stuff between the tags -- assumed to be LaTeX markup code -- is parsed by a separate utility called mimeTeX (http://www.forkosh.com/mimetex.html) that you have downloaded and installed in your cgi-bin directory. mimeTeX produces the LaTeX output rendered as an inline image, wrapped in a bit of Javascript, in the displayed HTML page.

claymisher
05-06-2009, 02:20 AM
I use skitch. Works great for mathematics!

http://img.skitch.com/20090506-mhsdym6a25k1kmgsdkc2391nyx.png