[IPython-dev] Using \( \), \[ \] instead of $...$, $$...$$ fox LaTeX math

Joon Ro joonpyro@gmail....
Tue Jan 10 21:51:51 CST 2012


Thank you for the reply.

Actually I was not talking about making it configurable, just additionally  
supporting \(  \) and \[  \] besides $ and $$. As far as I know \(  \) and  
\[  \] are as widely used as $ and $$ for latex math. I'm sorry I said  
"instead of" in the title. Should have used "in addition to." :)

When I first started using latex in several years ago, I saw an  
documentation which recommended using \(  \) and \[  \] instead of $...$  
and $$...$$ somewhere (I don't remember where :)), so I have preferred  
them.

In fact, in the Mathjax documentation  
(http://www.mathjax.org/docs/1.1/start.html), actually it says that "Note  
in particular that the $...$ in-line delimiters are not used by default,"  
because $ sign comes up too frequently in non-mathematical settings.  
Mathjax supports both \[...\] and \(...\) by default. I just tried  
matplotlib and I could use \(  \) there too. (It seems matplotlib does not  
support neither $$ nor \[  \].)

-Joon



On Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:17:51 -0600, Brian Granger <ellisonbg@gmail.com>  
wrote:

> There are a number of levels that this choice enters in:
>
> * Our display system enforces that latex means $ and $$.  This is
> important as it provides a uniform interface for all people who want
> to develop custom latex representations of their objects for display
> in the notebook.  As time goes on, many third parties will rely on
> this convention.
> * The configuration of MathJax and matplotlib in the notebook and
> qtconsole.  This has to line up with the conventions in the display
> system, otherwise things won't work properly.
>
> I think this is one case where it doesn't make sense for this to be
> configurable.  Otherwise we can't promise that everyones code will
> "just work" in IPython.  Is there a reason you can't use $ and $$?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Brian
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Joon Ro <joonpyro@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I just started using notebook, and it looks awesome. Thank you so much  
>> for
>> your dedicated work. I cannot wait to try using it through a remote
>> connection!
>>
>> Anyway, I was thinking it would be great if it is possible to use \( \),
>> \[  \] instead of $...$, $$...$$ in the notebook for the math. Would  
>> this
>> be easily implementable?
>>
>> Thank you,
>> Joon
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