Equations in Moodle
User guide to creating and using equations in Moodle with latex and a visual equation builder
Currently there are two different ways of creating and editing "pretty" equations in Moodle. The first way is to use the language known as LaTeX, and the second is to use a visual equation editor (Wiris equation editor) to create them. This document addresses these two ways of creating equations in Moodle.
- LaTeX documentation
- Wiris visual equation editor documentation
- Additional Resources
- Technical Documentation
LaTeX is a typesetting system designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. Although it can be used for more than just writing equations within Moodle, this document will focus on that part. To find out more about LaTeX, please visit here.
LaTeX content in Moodle is processed by a Moodle "filter". This filter converts the LaTeX code into an image that is a "human readable" format. In Moodle, LaTeX content must start and end with two dollar signs, e.g.:
- An example of using LaTeX in Moodle is creating a label for a Moodle course that adds text to the topic or week section.
- There is no editor that you need to use to enter LaTeX, you simply just add it to what you are editing.
- The picture below demonstrates this. (Note that the LaTeX is encapsulated with two dollar signs on either side)
- Once entered, you can save what you are working on, such as the label we were working on above. When displayed on the Moodle page, the Moodle filter will automatically create an image representation of the equation to view. The image representations are also clickable for students to see the original LaTeX entered. For an example see the image.
- As an example of how to use this editor we will be creating a Moodle course label resource.
- When on the page to add a new label, click on a yellow/orange square root icon in the TinyMCE editor as shown below.
- Please be sure to have your pop-up blocker off to use this editor as it opens the editor in a pop-up window.
- After clicking on the icon, a pop-up window opens that contains the visual equation editor.
- From here you can add any equation using the available pallet of tools provided through the Wiris plugin. For more information about the capabilities of this tool we encourage you to see the additional resources section which links to the user manual on Wiris's website.
- When done creating the equation, simply click the "Accept" button to have the Wiris plugin convert the equation into an image for display.
- Below you can see that the equation has been added to our label we're creating. You can then click save to finish the creation of the equation, or, as we'll do here, you can go back into the equation editor to edit a part of the equation.
- To edit an equation, simply click on the image of the equation you want to edit.
- Then click on the wiris editor icon (the yellow/orange square root icon).
- Again be sure that your pop-up blocker is off to see the editor.
- You will then see the editor containing the equation that you want to edit.
- After making changes, click "Accept".
- Again you will see the plugin created an image representation of the equation.
- Now that we are done editing we can save it.
- Back on the Moodle course page we can see the equation that we created as a label in Moodle.
- This image also has alt text for people who use a screen reader so that the screen reader can read the equation shown to them
|Wiris basic formulas||http://www.wiris.com/en/editor/docs/manual/basic-formula-edition|
|Wiris symbol typesetting||http://www.wiris.com/en/editor/docs/manual/symbol-typesetting|
| Wiris contextual tab
(Varies depending on the part
of the equation being edited)
|Wiris scaling symbols and parenthesis||http://www.wiris.com/en/editor/docs/manual/scaling-symbols-and-parenthesis|
|Wiris moving the cursor
(and keyboard shortcuts)
|Wiris copy and pasting||http://www.wiris.com/en/editor/docs/manual/copy-paste|
|LaTeX sample equations||http://www.personal.ceu.hu/tex/cookbook.html|