writing inline math in new visual R markdown editing: how to not escape $ character?

I am using the new visual R markdown editing for writing a long-form scientific document, and really like the live rendering of math. The default in visual R markdown seems to escape the $ character (the raw form displays \$ when I type $). To write inline math, I have two options - point and click at the insert menu, or use the catch-all ⌘ / keyboard short and then get to inline math mode.

My question:
Because I have to write many inline equations, it would be useful if there was a way to not automatically escape the $ character and use it for writing inline math by writing $...$ in the visual markdown mode itself. Is there a way of accomplishing this?

Note that the same issue does not arise for equation blocks, which can be input in the visual editing mode by moving to a new line and entering $$...$$.


In the visual editor you can type inline math by typing $ then your equation content then $ again.
It will then identify the block as an inline equation.

Is that not working for you ?

Thank you for the reply. No, this is not working for me.

Which version of the RStudio IDE do you have ?

I am using RStudio Desktop Version 1.4.1103.
OS: MacOS High Sierra 10.13.2
R version 4.0.2

This what I got with last daily version (1.4.1527)

I suppose it should work that way already in 1.4

If you want to try the last daily, it is there: https://dailies.rstudio.com/

If it does not work, you can open a new issue in the RStudio IDE repo I think

I think the issue, even in the daily version, is that this works fine the first time inline math occurs on a line, but does not work if inline math is input on the same line again.


Am I making a mistake? If not, I'll open an issue. Thank you!

No I got the same.

I think you have all the material with the gif to open an issue. Just check that there is none opened already.

Thank you! I've submitted a new issue. Could not find anything similar.

Hi @skandgoel50—a similar issue was filed a few days ago: https://github.com/rstudio/rstudio/issues/8810
However, I've copied your animated GIF to it, as it's very helpful!

Sorry about that - probably did not use the right criteria while searching. Thanks for pointing it out and copying the GIF!

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This is fixed here: https://github.com/rstudio/rstudio/commit/2bce9bd186ddf77bea8dc38de79bf2c6054979df (thanks again for reporting!). The fix should be in the next daily build and in the next patch release for v1.4.

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