Render Math Plugin for Pelican
This plugin gives Pelican the ability to render mathematics inside post content. It accomplishes this by using the MathJax JavaScript engine.
The plugin also makes Typogrify and recognized math play nicely together by ensuring Typogrify does not alter math content.
Both Markdown and reStructuredText are supported.
Requirements
 Pelican version 4.5 or above is required.
 Typogrify version 2.0.7 or higher is needed for Typogrify to behave properly with this plugin. If this version is not available, Typogrify will be disabled for the entire site.
 BeautifulSoup 4+ is required to correct summaries. If BeautifulSoup is not installed, summary processing will be ignored, even if specified in user settings.
Installation
This plugin can be installed via:
python m pip install pelicanrendermath
Your site should now be capable of rendering math using the MathJax JavaScript engine. No alterations to the template are needed — just use and enjoy!
However, if you wish, you can set the auto_insert
setting to False
which
will disable the MathJax script from being automatically inserted into the
content. You would only want to do this if you have control over the template
and want to insert the script manually.
Typogrify
In the past, using Typogrify would alter math content, resulting in math that could not be rendered by MathJax. The only option was to ensure that Typogrify was disabled in the settings.
The problem has been rectified in this plugin, but it requires at a minimum Typogrify version 2.0.7 or higher. If this version is not present, the plugin will disable Typogrify for the entire site.
BeautifulSoup
Pelican creates summaries by truncating the post content to a specified user length. The truncation process is oblivious to any math and can therefore destroy the math output in the summary.
To restore math, BeautifulSoup is used. If it is not installed, no summary processing will happen.
Usage
Templates
No template alteration is needed for this plugin to work. Just install the plugin and start writing your math.
Settings
Certain MathJax rendering options can be set. These options are in a dictionary
variable called MATH_JAX
in the Pelican settings file.
The dictionary can be set with the following keys:

align
: [string] controls how displayed math will be aligned. Can be set to either'left'
,'right'
or'center'
. Default Value:'center'
. 
auto_insert
: [boolean] will insert the MathJax script into content that it is detected to have math in it. Setting it to false is not recommended. Default Value:True

indent
: [string] ifalign
not set to'center'
, then this controls the indent level. Default Value:'0em'
. 
show_menu
: [boolean] controls whether the MathJax contextual menu is shown. Default Value:True

process_escapes
: [boolean] controls whether MathJax processes escape sequences. Default Value:True

MathJax_font
: [string] will force MathJax to use the chosen font. Current choices for the font issanserif
,typewriter
orfraktur
. If this is not set, it will use the default font settings. Default Value:default

latex_preview
: [string] controls the preview message users are shown while MathJax is rendering LaTex. If set to'Tex'
, then the TeX code is used as the preview (which will be visible until it is processed by MathJax). Default Value:'Tex'

color
: [string] controls the color of the MathJax rendered font. Default Value:'inherit'

linebreak_automatic
: [boolean] If set, MathJax will try to intelligently break up displayed math (Note: It will not work for inline math). This is very useful for a responsive site. It is turned off by default due to it potentially being CPU expensive. Default Value:False

tex_extensions
: [list] a list of latex extensions accepted by MathJax. Default Value:[]
(empty list) 
responsive
: [boolean] tries to make displayed math render responsively. It does by determining if the width is less thanresponsive_break
(see below) and if so, setsalign
toleft
,indent
to0em
andlinebreak_automatic
toTrue
. Default Value:False
(defaults toFalse
for backward compatibility) 
responsive_break
: [integer] a number (in pixels) representing the width breakpoint that is used when settingresponsive_align
toTrue
. Default Value: 768 
process_summary
: [boolean] ensures math will render in summaries and fixes math in that were cut off. Requires BeautifulSoup be installed. Default Value:True

message_style
: [string] This value controls the verbosity of the messages in the lower lefthand corner. Set it toNone
to eliminate all messages. Default Value: normal
Settings Examples
Make math render in blue and display math aligned to the left:
MATH_JAX = {'color':'blue','align':left}
Use the color and mhchem extensions:
MATH_JAX = {'tex_extensions': ['color.js','mhchem.js']}
Resulting HTML
Inline math is wrapped in span
tags, while displayed math is wrapped in
div
tags. These tags will have a class attribute that is set to math
which
can be used by template designers to alter the display of the math.
Markdown
This plugin implements a custom extension for Markdown resulting in math being a "first class citizen" for Pelican.
Inline Math
Math between $
..$
, for example, $
x^2$
, will be rendered inline with
respect to the current HTML block. Note: To use inline math, there must not
be any whitespace before the ending $
. So for example:

Relevant inline math:
$e=mc^2$

Will not render as inline math:
$40 vs $50
Displayed Math
Math between $$
..$$
will be rendered "block style", for example,
$$
x^2$$
, will be rendered centered in a new paragraph.
Other Latex Display Math Commands
The other LaTeX commands which usually invoke display math mode from text mode
are supported, and are automatically treated like $$
style displayed math in
that they are rendered "block" style on their own lines. For example,
\begin{equation}
x^2 \end{equation}
, will be rendered in its own block with
a right justified equation number at the top of the block. This equation number
can be referenced in the document. To do this, use a label
inside of the
equation format and then refer to that label using ref
. For example:
\begin{equation}
\label{eq}
X^2 \end{equation}
. Now refer to that
equation number by $
\ref{eq}$
.
reStructuredText
If there is math detected in reStructuredText content, the plugin will
automatically set the
math_output
configuration setting to mathjax
.
Inline Math
Inline math needs to use the math role:
The area of a circle is :math:`A_\text{c} = (\pi/4) d^2`.
Displayed Math
Displayed math uses the math block:
.. math::
α_t(i) = P(O_1, O_2, … O_t, q_t = S_i λ)
Contributing
Contributions are welcome and much appreciated. Every little bit helps. You can contribute by improving the documentation, adding missing features, and fixing bugs. You can also help out by reviewing and commenting on existing issues.
To start contributing to this plugin, review the Contributing to Pelican documentation, beginning with the Contributing Code section.