[OS X TeX] Mathematics in e-mail

David Oliver daoliver at swva.net
Sun Nov 21 08:43:59 EST 2004

> I'm wondering how members of this list exchange informal e-mail
> messages that contain mathematical terms and expressions (rather than
> more formal documents such as papers which are usually exchanged as
> attachments). It would be attractive to be able in easily incorporate
> typeset TeX expressions into e-mail, but TeX's mark-up nature likely
> makes this a difficult and unnatural proposition. Are there any other
> strategies?
> Remarkably, I've often received mail with mathematical expressions
> written in TeX source mark up which are perfectly understandable to
> anyone conversant with TeX. Still, I yearn for typeset expression in
> my communications.
> What are your thoughts and ways of handling math in e-mail?
> David Oliver

The two replies:

>  Take a look at Equation Service
>  http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/EquationService/

> The easiest way - apart from an attachment - seems to be to open the
> pdf file in TeXShop, select the particular piece of text including
> equations, and copy it. Then, if you are using Apple Mail, you can
> paste it into your email, i.e., you are copying a perfectly cropped
> pdf image and use it as an integral part of your message.

lead me to wonder about the integrity of pdf  pastes into in e-mail. 
I've had experience with pdf pastes removed from the body and 
reconfigured as attachments by the mail system..
Does anyone know about the persistence and robustness of pdf pastes?

Also, the "typeset" key command in Equation Service is now cmd / in 
generic apps.

David Oliver

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