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• CommentRowNumber1.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018

A lot of new visitors have trouble entering math on the forum. It ought to be easy to add some more descriptive help text to the formatting options below the post. Could it say something like

To use (La)TeX mathematics in your post, make sure “Markdown+Itex” is selected and put your mathematics between dollar signs as usual. Only a subset of the usual TeX math commands are accepted; see here for a list.

?

• CommentRowNumber2.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018

Hopefully Richard sees this. I suppose he or Adeel would have to do that.

• CommentRowNumber3.
• CommentAuthorRichard Williamson
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018
• (edited Feb 13th 2018)

Yes, it looks easy. I will try to do this now. The main obstacle is that the nforum seems to live only on the nLab server (i.e. we do not seem to have a git repo for it), so I need to try to set up a local copy to test with.

• CommentRowNumber4.
• CommentAuthorRichard Williamson
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018
• (edited Feb 13th 2018)

It’s taking a while to download. Once it’s done, I’ll test locally, and then make the change here. Hopefully sometime this evening, I’ll update when it’s done.

• CommentRowNumber5.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018

Thanks!!

1. I am currently working on it, not done yet. Unfortunately the way the nForum is set up means that it is very difficult for me to test locally, so I am having to do it live. Very far from optimal.

2. OK, I’m done for the moment. Please take a look, and let me know if you would like me to tweak something.

3. (PS - I am off to bed shortly and am unlikely to be able to do anything during my working hours tomorrow, so please accept my apologies if I am not able to act on any requests until tomorrow evening European time).

• CommentRowNumber9.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018

Looks great to me, thanks!!

• CommentRowNumber10.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018

The only suggestion I can think of is maybe to reduce the font size a little, to make it less distracting? What do other people think?

4. I can certainly do this if people wish. We can also use the brown colour that is otherwise used if people would like that.

• CommentRowNumber12.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 14th 2018

Brown color to match the formatting radio buttons below it would also, I think, be an improvement. If you agree, I say go ahead and make the changes and let someone bring it up if they don’t like it. (-:

• CommentRowNumber13.
• CommentAuthorTim_Porter
• CommentTimeFeb 14th 2018

I would second Mike’s proposal. It would be a help and look good as well.

5. It took me a while to locate the correct colour, but I believe I found it: #834300, for the curious!

I’ve set the font size to 0.8em. I tried a few different ones, and this one looked reasonable to my eyes in my browser. Let me know if you’d like it larger or smaller.

• CommentRowNumber15.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeFeb 14th 2018
• (edited Feb 14th 2018)

Thanks, Richard!

Maybe while we (you) are at it: We also keep having to tell users how to do hyperlinks to nLab entries here, it would be useful if that could also be explained below the edit box.

Something like: “To produce a hyperlink to an nLab entry, simply put double square brackets around its name.”

6. Done! Let me know if you want me to tweak it.

• CommentRowNumber17.
• CommentAuthorTodd_Trimble
• CommentTimeFeb 14th 2018

Looks great – thanks, Richard!

• CommentRowNumber18.
• CommentAuthorDavidRoberts
• CommentTimeFeb 14th 2018

Looking good, thanks!

• CommentRowNumber19.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 14th 2018

This looks just about perfect. I would probably remove the paragraph break between the hyperlink sentence and the TeX sentences, just to reduce the vertical space wastage, but I don’t feel strongly about that.

7. Done! I agree that it looks better this way. But let me know if people would prefer it with the paragraph break.

• CommentRowNumber21.
• CommentAuthorMike Shulman
• CommentTimeFeb 15th 2018

Awesome, thanks! This is a big improvement, I think it will help newcomers a lot.

• CommentRowNumber22.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeFeb 16th 2018

Yes, that’s very good. We should have done this much earlier. Thanks, Richard.