LaTex Support on the Commons


LaTex is a “a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program” (Wikipedia). It is particularly useful when representing mathematical expressions, and is widely used by the scientific community.

Support for LaTex on the Commons

latex NotationMembers who use LaTex need to know how the Commons supports this markup language. It is best to break down support down by the Commons’ various platforms:

  • WordPress Posts and Pages

Users will need to activate the “WP LaTex” plugin. Once this is done, they will need to enter their LaTex markup between [latex]…[/latex] tags or, alternatively, between $latex … $ tags. See the following for two syntax examples:

  1. [latex]e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0[/latex]
  2. $latex e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0$
  • BuddyPress Docs and Group Forums

LaTex support is automatically provided. Use syntax above. No plugin is required.

  • Email Notifications

LaTex markup is not currently parsed when email notifications are sent out annoucing new posts and discussions. However, there is a trouble ticket on this, and we are investigating.  Users can click on the notification and go to the post or discussions, and there the LaTex commands will be rendered as expected

  • Commons Wiki (MediaWiki)

MathTagUsers need to first disable the “Rich Editor” and enter LaTex code between “math” tags or click the “Mathematical Formula (Latex)” icon (pictured on the left) which is available in the basic toolbar.

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