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In GO site some feature are supported more and this is also required for making the GO PDFs look nice. Main one here is Latex which can be accessed from the "fx" button in the toolbar or if you are already familiar with it (most Good colleges do follow Latex) then you can simply type latex content with in \$-\$. Some other points are

  1. Do not use subscript-superscript option. This is only for naive users. Others can use Latex like \$x_n\$ or \$x^n\$ which will be rendered as $x_n$ and $x^n$ respectively.
  2. For images you can take screenshot of the actual source or draw in PowerPoint and upload them. For graphs (for DFA and others) you can use this site.

  3. For tables, there is a Table option in editor. Table border can be hidden by Right-click on the created table - Properties and then make Border 0.

  4. Never use space for aligning - instead use Tables.

  5. Never user subscript/superscript - they are for naive users. Instead type \$x_2\$,\$x^2\$ which will render as $x_2$ and $x^2$ respectively. These are latex commands and render nicely. For multiple chars do with {} like \$x_{small}\$.

  6. For equations also use latex. There is fx button in the editor which is useful if you do not know Latex commands.

  7. For options (A, B, C, D) in MCQs, use numbered lists and then right click-> Properties -> select Upper Alpha Style.

  8. Use fx for whole equation and not just for symbols -- i.e., use like $n^{th}$ and not n$^{th}.

  9. In fx \sin, \cos, \min, \max etc. are to be used for math function names.

  10. In fx, to get space we can do \; or type inside \text{my text}. But use this only when strictly needed.

  11. Anything between $-$ is taken as equation (fx). So, to type \$, do enter \\.$

  12. For C and SQL codes one can use the <> option in the Editor. It supports alignment with tabs and does syntax highlight.

  13. Install Grammarly browser plugin to ensure your sentences are grammatically correct.

  14. To align equations using Latex you can also use  \ begin{align} ... \end{align} environment inside \$-\$ or \$\$-\$\$ and align using '&'. For example:
    \$\$ \ begin{align} \text{Total} &= n + (n -1) + (n - 2) + (n - 2) +\cdots+ 1\\&= \frac{n(n+1)}{2}\end{align}\$\$
    will be rendered as $$\begin{align} \text{Total} &= n + (n -1) + (n - 2) + (n - 2) +\cdots+ 1\\&= \frac{n(n+1)}{2}\end{align}$$

In GATE Overflow we make use of MathJax library for Latex. So we do not have the full feature of Latex, but it supports whatever we need. You can see here for more nice Latex options.

For quick start to learn Latex completely any do your reports and thesis in Latex, please see https://www.sharelatex.com/learn/Learn_LaTeX_in_30_minutes

posted Nov 14 in From GO Admins by Veteran (326,867 points)
edited Nov 16 by | 498 views

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thanks for the guidelines. Today I learned how to use latex. :P
I always used to wonder how those special symbols in answers of other guys used to come. Now I know the secret. :P
You are welcome :) During my B.Tech. one of our Professor one day told about Latex for submitting report -- we were like we have MS Word. But once we reached IISc. came to know the difference. The experience we get from good college includes the usage of such nice tools which improves our productivity and thus improves our career.
Sir how to start with learning use of latex. Please guide.
Actually whatever we need to post content, I already added in the post. And for equations the editor does the support with "fx" button. I have added a link at end, if one needs to learn Latex in detail -- and that also takes 30 minutes only :)
Thank You Sir !!

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Hi @Arjun ji,

First of all thanks for providing this valuable guideline. I have some knowledge of LaTeX. I can correct old answers. But currently i do not have edit permission. If Edit permission could be provide then i can correct some Q & A. 

 

PS: Just some motivational information for Novice users. For writing Research papers, Resume and making good presentation LaTeX is widely used.  So if you will write in LaTeX then it will be beneficial for you as well. :)

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