Basically, everywhere I use the \ce tag on chemistry stack exchange, I get wrong formulae. The subscripts are becoming superscripts while the superscripts are becoming subscripts. Is it just me or is this happening to everyone? See the figures below for examples.

wrong formulate of chemical compounds on chemistry stack exchange

wrong formulate of chemical compounds on chemistry stack exchange

It seems to be working fine on Chemistry stack exchange meta. For example, $\ce{NaHCO3}$, $\ce{CO2}$, etc.

Update 1: I checked using a different browser and it seems to be working fine.

Update 2: I restarted the computed and the problem is not fixed.


1 Answer 1


Unselect Collapsible Math under the Accessibility option that shows when you right-click a math equation.


Step 1: Right-Click Math Equation.

Step 2: Select Accessibility.

Step 3: Unselect Collapsible Math.

Step 4: Reload Page.

  • $\begingroup$ So that means this feature has nothing to do with the preferred browser? $\endgroup$ May 14, 2023 at 18:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Proscionexium yes, it is just that if you change this particular setting in any browser, it starts messing with the formatting. I tried changing the setting on the other browser, and the same "bug" appeared. Well, it is not really a bug, rather a feature I still don't understand. $\endgroup$
    – ananta
    May 14, 2023 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ Please do not use MathJax to format text. $\endgroup$ May 14, 2023 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin-マーチン thank you for the suggestion. I have incorporated the changes. $\endgroup$
    – ananta
    May 14, 2023 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ @ananta For plain text formatting by StackExchange markdown, see as inspiration SE meta - formatting // SE meta - tables // Advanced formatting $\endgroup$
    – Poutnik
    May 16, 2023 at 19:49

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