Help:Displaying a formula
MediaWiki uses a subset of TeX markup, including some extensions from LaTeX and AMS-LaTeX, for mathematical formulae. It generates either PNG images or simple HTML markup, depending on user preferences and the complexity of the expression.
To have math rendered, you have to set
$wgUseTeX = true; in LocalSettings.php.
At this writing, the Math extension is installed on Referata, but not every site has a working version. Rendering of mathematical data was originally part of MediaWiki's core suite, but was removed in version 1.18. (Referata's MediaWiki engine currently uses 1.25.5 (d75270f).) Attempts to use <math>equation</math> on the Dixwell Dossier, for instance, will result in an error message:
Failed to parse (Missing texvc executable; please see math/README to configure.)
For every instance of this code, "/home/yaron57/public_html/w/extensions/Math/math/texvc" will appear immediately on top, and the page tabs will float. Therefore, it is not recommeded to use this until a localised patch is delivered.
See this page on the Dungeon Overlord Wiki for a working example within Referata's network.
- Help:Comparison between ParserFunctions syntax and TeX syntax
- Typesetting of mathematical formulas
- Proposed Music markup
- Table of mathematical symbols
- Extension:Blahtex, or blahtex: a LaTeX to MathML converter for Wikipedia
- General help for editing a Wiki page
- Mimetex alternative for another way to display mathematics using Mimetex.cgi
- A LaTeX tutorial
- A paper introducing TeX—see page 39 onwards for a good introduction to the maths side of things
- A paper introducing LaTeX—skip to page 49 for the math section. See page 63 for a complete reference list of symbols included in LaTeX and AMS-LaTeX.
- The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List
- AMS-LaTeX guide
- A set of public domain fixed-size math symbol bitmaps
- MathML: A product of the W3C Math working group, and a low-level specification for describing mathematics as a basis for machine to machine communication