# Latex for WordPress

I’ve just installed ‘Jetpack‘ which comes with $\LaTeX$. This post is to provide a quick reference. $\LaTeX$ parses the text in the WordPress post, and lays out the display as a graphic for the viewer. Though someone reading this will see images, there are no images referred to in the edited post.

$\LaTeX$ is a generalised document layout language, but as far as I am concerned, the main use of $\LaTeX$ in WordPress is mathematical.

Note that as the images are generated on the fly, the page will be slower to load than if the page were pre-rendered. Therefore, I think it may still be best for the web to generate the image, save it and then display the result via an <img> tag (keeping the $\LaTeX$ hidden in a comment so that the image can be regenerated if need be). As already mentioned, I have not pre-generated the images for this post, it is all done in code.

It’s a pity that MathML isn’t well supported at the moment.