# Is it allowed to use images for pasting math formula?

Is it allowed to use images to paste math formula in mathoverflow.net ?

I think this is high efficiency, and few people search math questions by LaTeX.

• Judging by your post on the main site, you might probably be more interested in Mathematics Stack Exchange. The claim that "few people search math questions by LaTeX" is certainly not true - just check the FAQ post: How to search on this site? So typing math properly definitely improves searchability. – Martin Sleziak Dec 4 '20 at 10:07
• High efficiency? Do you think it would be easier to search for text in an image than in MathJax code? – Joel Reyes Noche Dec 4 '20 at 13:14
• @JoelReyesNoche To be fair, I guess that the OP meant that as more efficient way to input formulas. (Which is a dubious claim, but some problems for people who are only starting with MathJax/LaTeX are understandable. For the record, I'll add that the question is now posted on Mathematics: Understand $\Rightarrow \frac{\triangle y}{\triangle x} - f'(x_0)=a, {\displaystyle \lim_{\triangle x \rightarrow0}{a} = 0}$. – Martin Sleziak Dec 4 '20 at 17:38
• @MartinSleziak, thanks, I hadn't thought of that. – Joel Reyes Noche Dec 5 '20 at 8:42
• From what I read on Mathematics Meta, it seems that images were used as a workaround in the beginnings, before MathJax was available on that site: TeX math markup is sorely needed. I see jsmath mentioned in Anton Geraschenko post here: Area51 / SE 2.0 site-specific script support (such as LaTeX) in beta-phase. Maybe some of the oldtimers know whether jsmath was used here right from the start of MO. – Martin Sleziak Dec 5 '20 at 9:06
• In terms of efficiency, I think it's worth noting that, from the community point of view, your time as an asker should be weighted less than the time of everyone who might want to view your question; the point of MO is not to get you answers to your questions, but to accumulate answers to questions for the good of the whole community. – LSpice Dec 9 '20 at 17:46