Here is an example output of the citation helper in the case where the citation's title contains $\rm\LaTeX$ code (random paper found by searching for L^\infty)

Grząślewicz, Ryszard; Schaefer, Helmut H., [**Surjective isometries of (L^ 1 \cap L^ \infty [0, \infty )) and (L^ 1 + L^ \infty 0, \infty ))**, Indag. Math., New Ser. 3, No. 2, 173-178 (1992). ZBL0758.46031.

It would be better IMO if the mathematics was typeset with Mathjax:

Grząślewicz, Ryszard; Schaefer, Helmut H., Surjective isometries of $L^ 1 \cap L^ \infty [0, \infty )$ and $L^ 1 + L^ \infty [0, \infty )$, Indag. Math., New Ser. 3, No. 2, 173-178 (1992). ZBL0758.46031.

The only thing I did was change \(s and \)s into $s, which also made the hyperlink work correctly. I do not expect it to be hard to automate simple text replacement in the title. Can the script be modified to do this?

Or would this be a bad idea? (e.g. not worth the effort, makes the script inefficient, eat more of a generous someone's resources, mess up some otherwise readable titles)

(I am asking here rather than on math.meta.SE as the citation helper seems to have originated here)

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    $\begingroup$ I think that at this point the code is maintained by SE, but I will get in touch with them about making this fix. I noticed some other minor issues recently, so that's a good reason. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 8 at 8:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf that would be great thanks! Hopefully then it would also be updated on other sites that use it like Math.SE $\endgroup$ Jun 8 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ Well, if it's updated it will be done so across the network. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 8 at 13:39
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe an even better solution would be allowing the default Mathjax delimiters \(...\) so that they work properly and can be used without other issues. Note that these math delimiters appear, for instance, on the Bibtex files produced by Zbmath. $\endgroup$ Jun 17 at 21:07
  • $\begingroup$ @FedericoPoloni I agree. That what you suggest is possible can be seen in the first example in this page of the Mathjax docs. Does someone know why it is not currently enabled on MO/SE sites? perhaps it conflicts with some other syntax? (can't think of any) Though it is probably easier for SE to change the citation helper than to verify that \(...\) does not break older posts $\endgroup$ Jun 18 at 4:14
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    $\begingroup$ It just occurred to me that, as SE is redoing their post editor (the thing which switches between rich text and markdown), the citation helper might go away with the old post editor? And/or they may not want to bother with this $\endgroup$ Jul 5 at 4:35

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