### Quick Introduction

#### General posting guidelines

- Use
**EQ**tags for LaTeX equations on their own lines, and**IEQ**to render inline equations. - Only include LaTeX between those tags; anything else should be placed outside of them.
- Write in the text box like you would when posting to any forum. Special tags for formatting are allowed ([B]bold[/B] and [I]italics[/I]).
- Submit the post, then copy the link from the location bar at the top of your browser. Paste this link in a forum, on IRC, or through IM to let others see what might otherwise be impossible to explain.

Please note that the posts *are not permanent*. They have a reasonably long lifetime, but they may be deleted after a sufficiently long time (months, or years. It depends on the volume of posts the site receives.)

#### If you **do not** know LaTeX

- Try searching for introductions to LaTeX.
- We also have a handy LaTeX reference page on this site for you to use.

#### Popular mathematics software

Most popular math applications have a function to export snippets as LaTeX. Here is a quick overview:

**Mathematica**has a`TeXForm[]`

function.**Maple**has a`latex()`

function.**Matlab**also has a`latex()`

function.