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Risking of this question being closed, I'm just wondering if any of your use ---or know--- of any email platform that supports writing in LaTeX.

I made a quick search around the site and found this question:

LaTeX on Gmail (GmailTex?)

So I'm guessing Gmail is not supporting it... or at least that seemed so as of 2012. Maybe this changed in the last year?

But what about other services? Do you know if Yahoo!, hotmail, or any other in particular is capable of handling it? How do you send e-mails with LaTeX?

PS: Using an editor and then attaching the pdf is not a valid answer :P

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Is the following a valid answer: Attach the tex file ;-) – Marco Daniel Jun 8 '13 at 13:03
@MarcoDaniel Hahahahaha, you got me there! – Mario S. E. Jun 8 '13 at 13:05
For the math part you can use the thunderbird addon LaTeX It – student Jun 8 '13 at 13:16
\immediate\write18 outlook.exe can be used to run outlook from inside the TeX input file. – kiss my armpit Jun 8 '13 at 13:27
Note that the answer you reference is out of date: the current version of GmailTeX (as of June 8, 2013) seems to work fine. – Charles Staats Jun 8 '13 at 13:56
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On some browsers you can install an extension called Markdown Here, which is capable of rendering markwdown syntax into HTML in some rich-editing boxes. In particular it works with the Google Mail composing message box.

Admittedly, markdown is not LaTeX, but you get anyway a simple and familiar syntax (it is the one used here at stackexchange) to format your messages. In addition, it supports TeX equations (you surround them with dollars), but the method is sub-optimal, since it calls google to render them (did you know that google can render TeX math into images? I didn't) and paste a link to the resulting image. This feature is disabled by default for privacy issues.

Here is a pair of screenshots of the compose box, first while I write the message:


Then after converting it (Ctrl-Alt-M or toolbar button):


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Interesting ;-) -- Google is everywhere ;-) – Marco Daniel Jun 28 '13 at 14:13
Excellent! this is exactly what I was looking for! – Mario S. E. Jun 28 '13 at 14:19
Now, the real subquestion: why are there privacy issues? – Mario S. E. Jun 28 '13 at 14:22
@MarioS.E. Your formula is converted to a <img> tag, whose src points to a google service, so the image is not part of the email, but instead it is rendered and fetched when the mail is read. This can serve to track (at least by google) when the mail is read. Some people deactivates external images in emails for this reason, and thus they won't see the formula. Also, the code of the formula is shared with google, which is again a privacy issue (perhaps it is a secret formula! :-) – JLDiaz Jun 28 '13 at 14:25
Will the math display on the recipient's side if the recipient doesn't use Gmail? – Fang Jing Jan 26 '15 at 17:36

Maybe it's too late to answer now, but what about Thunderbird? Thunderbird is open source software. You just have to install "LaTeX It" (it's an addon in Thunderbird). Hope it helped :-)

Some information about the Addon. But download it directly in Thunderbird addon center! That's easier than installing it by the link.

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Works perfectly fine with me, thanks for the hint! – tomglabst Sep 11 '15 at 13:16

On Mac OS X, one can install the utility LaTeXiT: http://www.chachatelier.fr/latexit/ which will allow one to type LaTeX in any Mac OS X app which understands Services and will accept an image, and then Typeset the equations in place, replacing them w/ a .pdf in situ.

The recipient will receive a .pdf as an attachment (it will display in-line on mail programs which display .pdfs), and then may invoke LaTeXiT's ``linkback'' support to untypeset the equations, reverting them to their source form (the source is attached to the .pdf as an attachment).

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There is a Chrome extension called TeX for Gmail (available from the Chrome Web Store), which can typeset math expressions, equations, and theorems, among other things. I experimented with it and it has been working for me.

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I want to point out that this extension has been significantly streamlined in the past year and is now very polished. I use it daily. Crucially, it allows you to quickly convert an image back to the original TeX, modify it, and then re-convert to an image. The messages seem to look good to non-Gmail users and Gmail users alike. Highly recommended. – Jess Riedel Jul 8 at 16:04

I was searching for an answer to this question and I have finally settled for this email client independent solution http://www.texpaste.com and is basically a LaTex equivalent of Pastebin.

This corresponds to my use of LaTex in emails and of course I attach PDFs and/or .tex files if it gets longer.

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Another client indepent solution similar to texpaste if you do not want to install anything is to write your email by using markdown and latex here and copy paste the result into your mail.

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Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – Martin Schröder Oct 17 '15 at 16:03

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