Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post for a while. Last month I figured out how to sneak equations into the text of email messages in gmail. It’s not ideal – ideal would be an equation editor built in to Gmail, but it does work and I’ve verified that the equations show up as intended on the receiving end of the emails in various programs (Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.).
Here’s the principle: You know how companies are able to send you email that has lots of pictures and clickable text – just like a webpage? This is HTML-based email, and you can create it too using Google Page Creator as your editor.
If you already have a gmail account, you can use Google Page Creator to do the same things that these companies do when they build active HTML pages for email.
Create your equations with an equation editor (like MathType) and then use a screen-capture program (like Snagit or Jing) to create small image files of the equations you want in your email. Remember where you save the images, because you will have to find them again!
In Google Page Creator, create what you’d like to have in the email. One way to do it is to write the text in Page Creator and insert the images between the text lines.
A more efficient way to do it would be to write the text and equations in your equation editor, and insert the whole thing as an image in Page Creator.
When your document looks as you desire, copy the material in Google Page Creator, then paste the material (Ctrl-V) into a new email in Gmail. It should appear in the email exactly as it appeared on the page in Google Page Creator.
The reason this works (I think) is that both editors are WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors built by Google and they are both writing the same back-end HTML code for everything you create.
Google Page Creator hosts the image files on the google servers, even if you never publish the web page. However, you can’t delete the images out of Google Page Creator, or they will disappear from the emails. I just have an unpublished page in Page Creator called “Sneaking Equations into Gmail” and I just keep adding new material to at the top.
Like I said at the beginning, it’s not ideal. Google should either build an equation editor that is compatible with all of its applications or integrate an existing equation editor into its applications. Google searching is optimized by mathematicians … you’d think that they’d be all over this!
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