# Is there an addon for thunderbird to render LaTeX equations on display?

I mean, if an email contains something like $\mathcal L = -\frac14 F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}$, is there an addon to have this rendered into something nicer to read?

Or one to have equations rendered to png images when sending an email?

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slightly related: Compiling documents online – Tobias Kienzler Jan 5 '11 at 8:09
As I've mentioned in several other questions, compiling any LaTeX code that someone sends you is potentially a very bad idea. – TH. Jan 5 '11 at 9:11
@TH.: that's true, though one could treat it the same way thunderbird treats remote content - only shown for whitelisted users by default. Also, I only thought of rendering parts of an email containing an $...$ equation – Tobias Kienzler Jan 5 '11 at 11:06
Restricting to equations doesn't change the threat. – TH. Jan 5 '11 at 20:34

A quick search on addons.mozilla.org revealed two: Equations that does the conversion on some remote server and LaTeX It! which does it at the recipients PC. In both cases TeX code is transmitted as message body.

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+1, although LaTeX It! doesn't seem to work (thudnerbird 3.0.4 de). Should there also be some "replace equations" button at message composition? – Tobias Kienzler Jan 5 '11 at 11:21
LaTeX It! is the better one since it uses your local TeX engine. – S. Boonto Jan 7 '11 at 21:31
... ok, I had to manually add the LaTeX it to the composing window – Tobias Kienzler Jan 16 '11 at 9:12

how about Tex the world ? I am not quite sure it is up to date. And it also be more useful in firefox.

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Looks nice, but does it actually also work with thunderbird? Did you test it? – Tobias Kienzler Jan 16 '11 at 9:13
no, I did not try. – pluton Jan 16 '11 at 14:55