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## Re: [O] [RFC] Change $..$ and $$...$$ into elements

 From: Ethan Ligon Subject: Re: [O] [RFC] Change $..$ and $$...$$ into elements Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:32:45 +0000 (UTC) User-agent: Loom/3.14 (http://gmane.org/)

Rasmus <rasmus <at> gmx.us> writes:

>
> Nicolas Goaziou <mail <at> nicolasgoaziou.fr> writes:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > Rasmus <rasmus <at> gmx.us> writes:
> >
> >> What's wrong with equation (potentially coupled with mathtools for
> >> handling numbering automatically)?  Is it worth breaking old documents
> >> (irrespective of org-lint) for this inconvenience?
> >
> > Actually, the idea behind this patch is to mimic the expected LaTeX
> > behaviour,i.e., treat $..$ as an equivalent
> > to \begin{equation*}...\end{equation*}.
> >
> > This was requested at least once before, so I guess it may make sense
to
> > follow the path of least surprise.
>
> And I'm saying that people should just write:
>
>      aaa
>
>      bbb
>
>      ccc
>
> Org isn't LaTeX and there’s no difference in the output from $⋯$
> and \begin{equation*}⋯\end{equation*} or the above.
>
> Nonetheless, I don't feel strongly about the (non)issue so if this
> behavior is better, somehow, go for it.
>
> Rasmus
>

At the risk of sounding flip, I've gotta say that the question of whether
#+begin_example
aaa
$$$bbb$$$
ccc
#+end_example

is "somehow better" than

#+begin_example
aaa
$$bbb$$
ccc
#+end_example

sort of answers itself.  It's not so much that we must make Org mimic
LaTeX; it's that people actually use Org to compose documents with
equations, and making this easier and simpler is a good thing.

-Ethan