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Can't get typeset equations. No MathJax?

asked 2017-07-29 14:25:37 -0500

DanielC gravatar image

I installed Sage yesterday on Ubuntu. I downloaded the latest version from the website. When I enter formulas I just get an ASCII text. I thought that Sage was supposed to use MathJax to produce nice-looking typset formulas, but I see nothing of the sort. I have spent a lot of time searching for a solution and found nothing. I recompiled Sage, but that made no difference. The Sage distribution seems to include MathJax,

% cd path/to/sage
% find . -name mathjax

I have looked through the documentation and through the UI and found nothing. Can someone please tell me what I need to do to make Sage look decent? I don't know if it matters, but I want to use Maxima. But the problem appears with the plain Sage backend too.

Cheers, Daniel.

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You need to tell us in what what you are interacting - CLI, sagenb, Jupyter, etc.? MJ is definitely included.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2017-07-29 14:27:11 -0500 )edit

It's the Sage notebook. Not Jupyter, not CLI.

Typesetting is most definitely not working. I know that the MathJax files are there. I mentioned them in my post. But that doesn't change the fact that all my equations are just ASCII. There is also no error message.

Is there a way to use the Jupyter notebook? When I run sage -n jupyter, I don't see an option to switch to Maxima. I don't want to type %maxima on every single cell, of course.

DanielC gravatar imageDanielC ( 2017-07-29 19:29:27 -0500 )edit

If it helps, (here is a screenshot)

DanielC gravatar imageDanielC ( 2017-07-29 19:40:50 -0500 )edit
FrédéricC gravatar imageFrédéricC ( 2017-07-30 00:46:59 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-08-01 11:25:38 -0500

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updated 2017-08-01 11:27:56 -0500

Note that the Sage notebook is going to become obsolete and unmaintained. If your goal is to use maxima from a notebook, you can try to install the maxima kernel in jupyter, see

It might be a good idea to ship this kernel as a Sage optional package. Do not hesitate to report success/failure/questions/... from your attempts.

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