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Re: [O] math in parentheses

From: Andreas Leha
Subject: Re: [O] math in parentheses
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:30:29 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4.50 (darwin)

Hi Nick,

Nick Dokos <address@hidden> writes:
> Andreas Leha <address@hidden> writes:
>> Hi Richard,
>> Richard Lawrence <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Hi Andreas,
>>> Andreas Leha <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> I encounter a problem using $..$ expressions when they are enclosed
>>>> in parentheses.
>>>> This $T$ works, but ($T$) this does not.
>>>> Is that expected behaviour?
>>>> (Note that \(...\) expressions work.)
>>> Yes, that is the expected behavior.  Org is much pickier about when "$"
>>> can be a math delimiter than "\( ... \)".  The reason is that "$" can
>>> also be used as a regular symbol in Org documents; when it is, it should
>>> be *not* be exported as a math delimiter to LaTeX, and distinguishing
>>> non-math-delimiting from math-delimiting uses of "$" is not a trivial
>>> matter.
>>> Thus, when in doubt, use "\( ... \)".
>> Thanks for following that up.  I do use \(...\) when I encounter
>> problems with $...$ (which is a lot nicer to type and read).
>> I am happy with using the fall-back \(...\) every now and then.
>> Just for me to understand:  Is the problem the missing whitespace
>> around the $...$ expression?
> See
> http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/510/are-and-preferable-to-dollar-signs-for-math-mode
> for some arguments for and (mostly) against (although one of the "for"s
> is Frank Mittelbach - which surely tilts the scale quite a lot).

Thanks.  A very good read.  These are arguments on the LaTeX end.  My
question was more on the orgmode end, I guess.

> I've trained myself to use \(...\) and don't find it any harder to read
> than $...$ - and I don't mind the extra typing either.  The fact that
> both org and MathJax deal better with \(...\) just reinforces that
> choice.

I do not agree with the readability but I can live (quite happily) with
using \(...\).  And maybe my perception of the readability changes over


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