Wysiwyg Equation Editor Reviewed

Certain people can see mathematical equations in their head and can write down just the basic figures they need to bring the answer into focus or just the answer itself. Tesla the inventor of radio technology was able to do complex calculus in his head and was given a failing grade in school because he couldn’t work it out any other way, i.e. on paper.

These days most people are found to be visual and need to see the work on paper (or on the screen) to get a full grasp on the equation and to render an answer accurately. With the Wysiwyg Equation Editor by Microsoft, this is now made easier. The Wysiwyg Equation Editor is designed and included with all Microsoft Office 2007 and higher suites and is designed as a wysiwyg editor (what you see is what you get) that allows people the ability to generate calculations in a very visual way. It is a real time calculator as well as a graphical tool that can be used for many other applications as well.

If you create an equation for example, you will find it possible to move this equation into another application by using the xml. markup language built into the control. The control can also be embedded using an OLE embedded object feature on applications that support it. This makes this a dynamic editor that can become quite useful in many mathematical applications as well as working with programs to generate a calculation formula of something dependant on this to function, there by adding functionality to the program that would have otherwise taken more coding to pull off.

One of the main uses I’ve seen for this Wysiwyg Equation Editoris in chemistry and formulation sciences like this. This allows one to build and save their equations in much the same way you would write them out on a chalk board then flip the board over to save the equation while you work on another.

With this format you can save your work digitally and import it into programs and even export it to a web page if you like. Basically, it’s an advanced visual calculator with much more functionality.


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