math syntax not recognized

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08 Apr, 2017 12:48 PM


I downloaded and installed Multimarkdown Composer from app store. It works ok for ordinary editing and tables, but simply just cannot recognize math syntax. I have already set "automatically link to MathJax" in the preference with normal internet connection, and used the correct syntax which I directly copied from I am doing some statistics simulation report, so if it cannot recognize math syntax it will make no sense for me...

Thank you!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 08 Apr, 2017 01:03 PM

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    Sorry you're having trouble. Can you send me an example file that is not working for you, as well as what specifically you mean by "not working."

    I've done lots of work using Composer for documents that include math without problems, as have others. So I'm sure I can help you figure out what's wrong!



    Sent from my iPhone

  2. 2 Posted by Nicco on 08 Apr, 2017 01:28 PM

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    Thank you for your quick reply. I attached two screenshots. The first one is that I directly copied from And the second one is the preferences I set.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 08 Apr, 2017 06:05 PM

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    I took a look and something has changed. I tried the same thing in the
    v3 beta, and it works fine:


    Since it works in the beta (non-sandboxed) and not in the App Store
    version, I suspect it's related to problems with sandboxing, and Apple
    not allowing the app to download the remote javascript.

    At this point, you have two options:

    1) Download the MathJax script to your local computer in order to access
    it that way.

    2) Use the v3 beta. With the exception of really long documents (due to
    extra testing that is performed until the beta is complete), the beta is
    better than v2 in just about every way.

    I'll look to see whether this any way around the App Store limitations
    in this (it used to work fine), but I can't promise yet. But I'll need
    to figure it out before v3 goes into the App Store anyways...


  4. 4 Posted by Nicco on 08 Apr, 2017 07:27 PM

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    Hi Fletcher,

    Thank you for your solutions! For the v3 beta and other non-sandboxed ones, I just cannot open it in my mac. (macOS Sierra v10.12.4), the only composer I can open up is what I downloaded from apple store...

    So now I am more curious about the first option. I have already download MathJax to my computer. But I am not sure what I should do next. It seems that I need to link the Composer to MathJax in some ways, but I don't know how to do it. Looking forward to your reply!

    Thank you!


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Fletcher on 09 Apr, 2017 12:26 AM

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    You'll need to use the metadata as described:

    The link the MathJax script will need to be relative to your file, e.g.

    But if you can run the App Store version 2, you can run the v3 beta:


  6. Fletcher closed this discussion on 31 Aug, 2017 01:16 AM.

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