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13 Math in Pressbooks

This chapter gives information about:

  • MathJax

13.1 – MathJax

MathJax is an open source JavaScript display engine that translates mathematical markup into accessible, high resolution equations that can be rendered in any supported book format on Pressbooks. Pressbooks supports input provided using three different mathematical syntaxes for MathJax: LaTeX, AsciiMath, and MathML.

MathJax is activated and enabled as the default mathematics rendering solution for all Polybooks. You can find and change your MathJax settings by going to Settings > MathJax from the left sidebar menu.

When MathJax is properly configured, you’ll see an integral display at the top of the MathJax page. This integral will also reflect any setting changes you’ve made. If you do not see this integral, contact your network administrator and ask them to investigate the configuration settings.
MathJax admin page

13.1.1 – Settings

You can change the text color of all equations in your book by insert the hex code for the color you’ve chosen into the form next to Text Color and saving your changes. The integral at the top of the page will refresh to reflect your changed settings.

13.1.2 – Accessibility and Other Features

Within the webbook, readers can right click any equation rendered in MathJax to access additional display options and accessibility features.

MathJax settings menu from webbook

Options include the ability to magnify any equation on click or hover, the ability to display the math in HTML, SVG, and other formats, and more. For more information on the accessibility features and other settings  available from MathJax, check out MathJax’s documentation.

13.1.3 – LaTeX

There are two ways to use LaTeX syntax in MathJax:

Display Mode:


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Inline Mode:


Draft your LaTeX equations directly into the visual editor. Note that equations will not display fully formatted in the editor. However, you can view the webbook or export your files at any time to see how the equations appear.

For more details on how to use LaTeX, see LaTeX Project documentation.



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