Issue 54197 - Why not use LaTeX-style formula expressions
Summary: Why not use LaTeX-style formula expressions
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 2864
Alias: None
Product: Math
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOO 2.0 Beta2
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 1 vote (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: requirements
QA Contact: issues@sw
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Reported: 2005-09-04 10:21 UTC by kuropka
Modified: 2009-10-19 22:11 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Description kuropka 2005-09-04 10:21:50 UTC
I am wondering why OO Formula Editor does not use a LaTeX style language to 
describe mathematical formulas. There are several reasons to (re-)use them:

1. Most people heavily using formulas in their publications already know LaTeX 
style formulas. This would really ease the migration to OpenOffice for them, 
since they can reuse their knowledge.

2. LaTeX formulas are much more powerful than that what is currently available 
in OO Formula Editor. Why re-inventing the wheel?

Comment 1 h.ilter 2005-09-16 11:32:32 UTC
Please look for any known issues about that. Else pass to requirements. Thanks.
Comment 2 ulf.stroehler 2005-09-20 16:46:42 UTC
transferring to Jack.
Comment 3 jack.warchold 2005-09-21 14:36:17 UTC
could not find any known issues about this. this issue requires an improvement in 
the formular editor so reassigned to requirements
Comment 4 kuropka 2005-09-21 16:18:19 UTC
For people writing scientific papers (like me) the lack of a powerful Formula
Editors in OpenOffice and MS-Word are a real show stoppers. Especially the
handling of formulas is laborous. I am missing the possibility to use
Inline-Formulas which are automatically adapted to style changes.

Example: In LaTeX I can simply write "Einstein said: $E=mc^2$" and I get my
formula inline. In OpenOffice/Word I have to write "Einstein said: " and then to
go through the menues (Insert -> Object -> Formula) to create an Formula Object
and then I put in "E=mc^2" (OpenOffice Formula have already some similarities to
LaTex Formulas). When I now change the text style in OpenOffice/Word from 12pt
to 10pt then I have to go manually through all formulas and change them to 10pt
too. That's no fun. I do not have this problem in LaTeX.

Inline formulars are important since if you use formulas in a paper you have
often sentence like: "Given is $n \in \mathbb{N}$ which is the number of votes.
$V = \{v_1, ... v_n\}$ is the set of all votes. Each $v_i$ with $i \in \{1, ...,
n\}$ is bla bla...". In such cases Formula Handling with OpenOffice is often
really hard. Maybe you could create a shortcut to enter the formula editor and
one to leave it after inserting the formula. So that I can type in my formulas
with out using the mouse.

What I want to conclude is: A powerful and user-friendly Formula Editor in
OpenOffice would be a good argument for using OpenOffice in the scientific
Comment 5 troodon 2008-01-19 18:13:48 UTC
Dupe of issue 2864?
Comment 6 kuropka 2008-01-20 10:57:35 UTC
Yes, issue 2864 comes to the same two conclusions: a) LaTeX-style formulas would
improve OO and b) OO should provide inline-formulas to ease formula creation in
middle of the text without need of using the mouse.
Comment 7 troodon 2008-01-20 14:54:03 UTC
From issue 72374, desc 4:

------- Additional comments from cloph Wed Dec 13 12:05:36 +0000 2006 -------

see for an intermediate solution

Comment 8 troodon 2008-01-20 14:59:02 UTC
As per desc 7, could you mark this issue as duplicate of issue 2864?

Thank you.

PS: Sorry, desc 8 wasn't intended to be posted here but in issue 2864 instead.
Comment 9 michael.ruess 2009-10-19 22:07:28 UTC
Marking as dup.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 2864 ***
Comment 10 michael.ruess 2009-10-19 22:11:04 UTC
Closing dup.