Spaces are not arbitrarily put into equations; they should go where the mathematical terms require them. So Equation Editor suppresses the spaces. The italics are applied to letters because they are being interpreted as being variables; standard equation typography requires that variables be typeset in italics, whereas functions like cos and tan or exp should be in Roman (upright) typeface.

The way to work here is to have equation editor change from the math input mode into text input mode. Use the Style menu and change from math to the text menuchoice. Now you can apply spaces as needed, and the text is not italicized. (This suggestion is based on MathType’s menus; I do not have Equation Editor installed, but Equation Editor is a junior version of MathType, so I’ll bet that this works with Equation Editor as well.)

Equation Editor has been supplied under contract by Design Science to Microsoft for inclusion with Word for many years. It was also supplied with AppleWorks.

You might also try using the Grapher application that is now supplied with Tiger. It has a simple equation editing tool that provides a lot of the Equation Editor’s tools.

]]>The part about the text not being antialiased is surprising; the current version of MathType does a good job with the text display. Version 5.1 is a Carbon app, and it works pretty well for me. One problem with this is that Design Science is still sticking (in order to get Word compatiblity) with the old graphical standards; picts are used on the clipboard. This limits the app to 256-byte fonts, so full unicode support is not available. I have complained about this and suggested that pdfs be used on the clipboard, but the overriding concern for Design Science is maintenance of compatiblity with Word, which eschews the current Mac OS X graphical standards (except, I guess, in supporting QuickTime, which allows some support for pdfs as bitmapped graphics).

]]>I am not surprised that Design Science has to make do with Microsoft’s proprietary way of doing things. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have a market for their product!

I also noticed that Word invited me to “upgrade” to MathType at some point while I was editing my equations. Dialog came out of the blue, and not on the first attempt to edit an equation.

But I assure you that there is no antialiasing in Equation Editor — you can see for yourself in the second picture included in my post or in the third one if you click on it to view it at full size. I am quite sure that Microsoft could add antialiasing to the Equation Editor without rewriting the whole thing, if they would even bother. Then again, the Equation Editor is so non-standard that it might very well be that the engine used to render text in it is completely incompatible with any kind of antialiasing supplied by the Mac OS.

I’d be curious to know if there’s any antialiasing in the Windows version.

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