Flare supports equations written in Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) and LaTeX. After you've created an equation, you can then copy and paste it into Flare's editor. This gives you more flexibility to use the editor and format you want. Once you add an equation into your project, Flare uses MathJax to render it.
You need to use a third-party editor outside of Flare to create the actual equation. To find an editor, you can perform a Google search for free online resources.
When you build a target
If you are generating HTML5 or one of the WebHelp formats—WebHelp, WebHelp Plus, or WebHelp Mobile—you can choose between SVG or PNG as the converted format.
To do this, open the Target Editor, select the Advanced tab, and choose the format from the Equation Format field. SVG provides a crisper image and is selected by default.
The "Generate 'web-safe' images" option in the Target Editor does not apply to equations. If you want web-safe equations, you should choose PNG from the Equation Format field.
By default, EPUB targets produce equations in MathML format, whether you've inserted a MathML equation or a LaTeX equation.
However, you also have the option of converting equations in EPUB to PNG format. To do this, open the EPUB target and select the EPUB Options tab. In the Optimization Settings area, you can use the check box labeled Enable MathML to PNG conversion.
- If the option is selected both MathML and LaTeX equations are converted to PNG.
- If the option is not selected LaTeX equations are converted to MathML. And of course MathML equations remain as they are.
If you build PDF output, equations are converted to vector images.
For the rest of the output types in Flare, equations are converted to PNG in the output.
Following are the primary tasks when working with equations in Flare:
- Insert From any location in a
topic or snippetyou can insert an equation. Although an equation may be composed of many different parts, in the XML Editor it renders as a single block of content. In that way, it behaves much like an image. See Inserting Equations.
- Edit You can edit an existing equation. This includes the ability to change the equation itself, as well as modify its appearance through the use of the MadCap|equation style. See Editing Equations.
Note: You can add alternate text and screen tips for an equation so that it becomes accessible for disabled individuals in the output. You can also create a report that shows accessibility suggestions, which includes equations in your project that are missing alternate text. See About Accessibility and Reports.
Note: When an equation is used in a heading and that heading is referenced in any way (e.g., cross-reference, table of contents entry), the equation is stripped from the reference.
Note: In order to use the Equation Editor—and in order for equations to display in the XML Editor and output—you need to install the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE). You can download the JRE from http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.