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5/13/11
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DonAndre

Equation and text overlap when re-opening a google document

I work mostly with Firefox 4. When I type equations into a document everything looks fine. But when I close and reopen the document, the length of the formula seems to be recalculated and it will overlap the text. So I tried to open the document in Internet Explorer 8 and an error message is displayed (originating from the webpage it seems). When opening the same document in Chrome (latest version as of 5/13/11) the display is correct, but still there are many artificial spaces added between the formula text-box and the actual text.

I created a small document with some formulas and text that you can have a look at here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1phNFdRdSM0_lEXk0T3PIVemb3tJ4YAjlRCaNUER2FOc/edit?hl=en&authkey=CKOyh6QI

Operating System is Windows 7 32bit
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Bas Braams
5/13/11
Bas Braams
I've looked at it on an Ubuntu machine (still at 10.10) using Chrome and Firefox. The spacing is ugly indeed; it looks better to me if it would be left-justified rather than both-sides justified. The line breaks appear in different places in the two browsers, which is disconcerting. I have my browser zoom at default (ctrl-0). Under Chrome the line breaks are after the words to, surjective, be, where, formally, describe, Lorem and under Firefox they are after to, is, needs, where, formally, also, and \neq a. Cursor drift comes to mind [1] and then there isn't a good solution, not at the user end anyway. As an aside, I'll be impressed if you can keep up this mathematical style within the GDocs editor for a few pages and not run into many more problems. Have you inserted a labeled equation yet? Any need for an operator or such (Rng and Dom come to mind) that would need to be an indivisible symbol in the Roman font just like sin and cos? Best wishes.

5/13/11
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DonAndre
Thanks for looking at the problem. You're right that the different line breaks can be problematic, but I have not yet paid attention or noticed that since I was using Firefox 4 most of the time. Still on Windows 7 64 bit and Firefox 4 the line breaks are at to, surjective, be, where, formally, describe, ipsum. But that doesn't mean anything as the equation and the text are not properly spaced. Other problems are with sub- and superscripts causing line spacing and ill-placed cursors.

I have not yet used labeled equations as I don't know how to put a label and I have not yet tried TOC or cross-references.

I'm currently using Google docs to track some notes, write down and deepen some thoughts. This document is just for showing the problem of mixing text and equations though.
Gill
5/14/11
Gill
In FF3.6.17 (remembering that FF4 still isn't formally supported) thr breaks are after to, surjective [what on earth does that mean?], both, the } before where, formally, describe and ipsum. I twitches horribly while loading, and making its mind up where to put the breaks! Interestingly that is where I also see the breaks in Chrome, which is different from Bas's perspective.

IE9 tries and fails, ending up with something double-spaced and with an error message, The line breaks are after to, is. it, (x,y), formally, also, and immediately before Lorem.

I am going to mescalate this one to the Guides, but don't expect a response till after the weekend!
5/14/11
Original Poster
DonAndre
Thanks for your response Gill. Surjective [1] is a math term, but now please tell me what mescalate means :-)

Gill
5/15/11
Gill
Haha - fair comment :-)

"Mescalate" is a term we use to mean "mini-escalate" which is what we TCs do as a first stage escalation to the Google Guides, basically pointing them to the thread and asking them to take a look. This is as opposed to "escalating" which is a direct plea for help for something really urgent.
Teresa C.
5/16/11
Teresa C.
Hi all,

I've looked into this issue for you - I can certainly see why it'd be frustrating, and I apologize for the inconvenience. Does adding extra spacing before and after the equations help at all?  I've reported this as a bug, but to be as transparent as possible with you, an equations-related formatting issue would be a low priority in light of the more major bugs that our team is currently working on.

Thanks for your understanding,

Teresa


5/17/11
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DonAndre
Thank you for filing a bug report Teresa. Since there isn't anything we can do at this point I consider this answered. Thanks everyone.
Teresa C.
5/18/11
Teresa C.
No problem, hope you continue to share your feedback in our forum! Thanks.
 
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