"LaTeX formula" extension should be renamed - it handles more than just formulas!

Bug #911281 reported by Alex Valavanis on 2012-01-03
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Alex Valavanis

Bug Description

The name of the "LaTeX formula" extension, and the text entry field in the dialog is a bit misleading...

It suggests that the user can directly type a formula into the text box e.g.

y = \sin(x^2)

However, this is not the case. The dialog actually treats it as a generic chunk of LaTeX source. The user explicitly needs to declare the input as a formula e.g.

$y = \sin(x^2)$

In fact, there is really nothing to stop the user entering things like plain text (i.e. no formula at all), mixtures of formulas and text... or essentially any valid LaTeX source. For example, it's possible to enter things like:

This isn't a formula, it's a list:\begin{enumerate}\item banana \item orange \item apple\end{enumerate}

I suggest either renaming the extension menu item to just "LaTeX...", and relabelling the text box as "LaTeX input:"

tags: added: extensions-plugins
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Low

I agree :) Go ahead and rename it.

The only reason, I can think of, not to change the name is that the name
appears in help documentation around the internet. But I guess people
who actually need LaTeX stuff will have no problem finding it with an
improved name.

Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :

Righto... new version on the way!

Changed in inkscape:
assignee: nobody → Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex)
milestone: none → 0.49
status: New → In Progress
Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :

Fix committed in lp:inkscape:10834

Changed in inkscape:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2015-02-23
Changed in inkscape:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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