# LaTeX/MathJax: How to format in biography and/or comments?

## So far, I've discovered that I CAN use LaTeX in my biography (and comments). However, experimentation with the rest of Socratic's answer features (i.e. bold , lists, URLs, images) doesn't seem to get me anywhere. Is there any comprehensive list/assist for formatting text on the site?

Apr 16, 2018

Here's how you can do that.

#### Explanation:

You're right, you can use LaTeX/MathJax/AsciiMath in your biography and in the comments sections.

Basically, anything that you can write using hashtags will work on your profile page, in the comments sections, and in personal notes.

However, the text markup tools available in the answer editors, i.e. bold and italic text, bullet and numbered lists, graphs, images, and hyperlinks, will not work on your profile page, in the comments sections, and in personal notes.

So, for example, if you want to use the comments sections to share an image, you have to copy/paste the URL of the website that hosts the image, meaning that you cannot upload an image in the comments sections.

Alternatively, you can use a site that offers free image hosting to upload your image and copy/paste the URL of the image in the comments sections.

You can add bold text [I don't think that you can get italic text, though] to the comments sections, in personal notes, or on your profile page, but you have to do so using the math formatting.

• bold text in the editor $\to$ it will not work on your profile page, in the comments sections, and in personal notes

Here's some bold text.

• bold text in the comments sections $\to$ it will work on your profile page, in the comments sections, and in personal notes
• without hashtags

Here's some bb("bold text").

• with hashtags

Here's some $\boldsymbol{\text{bold text}}$.

If you're interested in using different fonts in your answers or on your profile page, in the comments sections, or in personal notes, check out this old answer.

So, to sum this up

• the math formatting $\to$ you can use it everywhere on the site
• the text markup tools $\to$ you can only use them in the answer editors