Posts tagged ‘mathjax’

As easy as falling off…

The other day I was thinking about how to present a set of data, and I started fiddling around with histograms. Histograms are easy to make, but if they’re going to be representative of the data, the size of the bins has to be reasonable. Bins that are to narrow make the data set look…


Safari 5.1 and math

Lost in all the Lion hubbub is Safari 5.1’s new MathML renderer. As someone who occasionally puts equations on his web site1, I’ve been looking forward to this. A few weeks ago I downloaded a build of WebKit, the experimental browser that’s sort of a Safari test bed, to get a sense of how polished…


A small request

I’ve been having a discussion on the MathJax mailing list about which fonts get used to render equations. According to the MathJax font help page, the STIX fonts are supposed to be used if you have them on your local computer. I do have the STIX fonts installed on both my iMac and my Macbook…


MathJax, Markdown, and Instapaper

Last month, I got an email from reader and occasional commenter Alan Schmitt who told me that my posts with equations didn’t display well in Instapaper. The problem was that an equation like1 [\Phi(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{-\infty}^x e^{-\xi^2/2} d\xi] would appear in Instapaper as [math] which, while true, isn’t very informative. I dashed off a…


One Markdown to rule them all

Back in April I wrote about my system for previewing blog posts locally before publishing them to the server. That system worked, but because it used a tweaked version of MultiMarkdown and the server uses a customized PHP Markdown Extra,1 there were small differences in the rendering for certain edge cases. I decided to rewrite…


PHP Markdown Extra Math, MathJax, and WordPress

Over the weekend, I modified PHP Markdown Extra Math, my fork of Michel Fortin’s PHP-based Markdown processor. PHPMEM can now output either jsMath or MathJax, with the latter being the default format. If, like me, you have a WordPress blog; prefer to compose your posts in Markdown instead of HTML; need to include mathematical equations…


And now it’s all MathJax

A few days ago, I switched the blog’s equation handling library from jsMath to MathJax. In general, I would say the transition went very smoothly, but there are a couple of oddities I’ve found and also some things I can’t test for. The primary advantage of MathJax is that it uses webfonts for the equations,…


MathJax: equations on the web

When I started reading the MathJax homepage, I wondered why I would ever want to switch to it from the tried and true jsMath, which I’ve used for years to get good looking equations in my web page. Then I saw that Davide Cervone, the creator of jsMath, is one of the MathJax designers, and…