# TeX tutorial too intimidating/extensive

The help sidebar ("How to format") links to http://www.math.harvard.edu/texman/

That's a bit too extensive for us. (And it's for LaTeX proper, not mathjax so it has tons of irrelevant stuff)

Can we please write our own tutorial? (Or link to this proposed faq section?)

One of my friends told me she was intimidated by it and would read it when she had enough time--whereas TeX doesn't take that much time to learn the basics.

I am open to writing the tutorial myself.

• Yeah, if you're open to it, then do it! At least get started; then others can chip in as needed. You might start here: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/107/… – Shog9 May 8 '12 at 21:29
• @Shog9 ooh thanks! We don't have math on meta so I'll do it on a personal server. Also, I'll have to write a bit on mhchem. I'll get to it soon... – ManishEarth May 9 '12 at 0:45
• @Shog9 actually, could we have math+mhchem on meta? I'd prefer writing the post in markdown than HTML. (Otherwise I'll just write a few regexes to convert backticks to codeblocks and the like) – ManishEarth May 9 '12 at 3:11
• Sure - this stuff happens on an as-needed basis; if you post [at least a short] tutorial that requires it, I'll get it enabled. – Shog9 May 9 '12 at 4:06
• @Shog, Alrighty, I'll post a tutorial... At least a part of it. – ManishEarth May 9 '12 at 4:11
• @Shog9: meta.chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/88/22 It's halfway done (all the important stuff is there, though). I'll let you know when I finish it so that you can add it to the editor help. – ManishEarth May 9 '12 at 5:07
• @Shog9: Finished (pretty much, I may think of improvements but it's complete in itself now). Could you enable mathjax and switch the editor link over to this? (Also a faq tag would be nice.) – ManishEarth May 9 '12 at 5:56
• @Shog9: Could you update the MathJax link in the "How To Format" sidebar now? I think the tutorial is complete. Thanks! – ManishEarth Jun 27 '12 at 8:01

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