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Math formulas may displayed on Wikia pages using a built in <math> tag found in MediaWiki, the software Wikia runs on. This tag is enabled by default and can be used across all wikias. For the technically inclined, MediaWiki uses a subset of AMS-LaTeX markup, a superset of LaTeX markup which is in turn a superset of TeX markup, for mathematical formulae.

Step-by-Step

  • You need to first be in source editing mode on an article.
  • You must use the following format: <math> math to be displayed </math>.

Simple example

3 x 2 = 6 can be displayed as <math>{3 ~ \times ~ 2 ~ = ~ 6}</math> to generate

{3 ~ \times ~ 2 ~ = ~ 6}

Notes

  • Large formulas may become wider than the page width allowed by Wikia's wikis and will overlap the right hand side-rail information, if your math formula is near the top of the page you wish to use.
    • One solution is to place the formula inside a simple basic table, with no borders or any formatting.
    • Tables that get too wide will show the Pop-Out button, so that the whole table can be seen.
      Here is an example:
{|
| <math> math formula goes here </math>
|}
  • In-line formulae often have poor vertical alignment relative to the rest of the text. A work-around is described here.

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