December 5, 2011

TeX in Gmail

Posted by John Baez

There’s a plugin that lets you write TeX in your email if you bow down and accept that Google now controls the world:

I haven’t tried it yet. Have you?

Posted at December 5, 2011 1:40 PM UTC

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Re: TeX in Gmail

I did, but removed it. It is great but needs that the email receiver also had it installed in order to see the pictures. This, in my case, almost never happened. Most of my contacts are computer illiterate, (who said we are in the 21st century?). So the best solution in my case is to use firefox with greasemonkey and install TheTeX (http://thewe.net/tex/). Here only the sender is involved.

Posted by: Manuel Cardenas on December 5, 2011 7:52 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: TeX in Gmail

I’ve been using it for the last year or so. Just use $, \(,$\$ or \[ delimiters and it will use MathJax to typeset the math. It can also try to guess math which doesn’t have delimiters. It seems to work really well.

The email stays as plain text, so the other person does not need GmailTeX installed. Most physicists and mathematicians use non-typeset (pseudo)-LaTeX in their emails anyway, so it won’t make any difference to them.

There’s similar plugins for displaying math on arXiv abstracts and others to display math anywhere.

Posted by: Simon Tyler on December 5, 2011 9:00 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: TeX in Gmail

I installed it in Chrome. It renders LaTeX in an email fine. But when I try to compose LaTeX in an email, the preview window shows up as a non-adjustible and empty tiny sliver in the bottom of the compose window.

Posted by: Bruce Bartlett on December 6, 2011 11:56 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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