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4/5/11
Original Poster
Alienjoey

Equation Editor Changing Size and Content of Symbols When Printing

When I use the Equation Editor, everything in my paper looks excellent. But when I go to print it or convert to PDF, it makes all of my equations about twice as large as they originally appeared, and changes some of my symbols to [?]. How do I get around this issue?
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Bas Braams
4/5/11
Bas Braams
It happens to everyone (all browsers and OS) and there is nothing that you can do about it. It is terrible indeed.
4/5/11
Original Poster
Alienjoey
Ok. In other words, I should just stop using Google Docs for my math papers? That's a shame, it has so much potential, but if the features it has don't actually work, what's the use...
Bas Braams
4/5/11
Bas Braams
Google Docs has serious deficiencies when it comes to scientific text. The bad conversion to pdf or html is one issue. The next most serious issues are that one cannot compose a multiline equation with any kind of alignment, one cannot have numbered equations in the most common style of a centered equation with a right-justified label, one cannot use roman font within equations (except for some predefined functions), and several quite basic symbols are not properly implemented [1-4].

Gill
4/6/11
Gill
<<Google Docs has serious deficiencies when it comes to scientific text.>> Sad, isn't it?
4/6/11
Original Poster
Alienjoey
I could even live with the size change in my equations. I've been handing in documents like that for a while now. But for it to pretend to recognize symbols, and then change its mind? That is extremely annoying.
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