Can someone explain to me, what happens in this question on mine? I wanted to write something like

$KernelID and $ProcessID

but in the question it seems like the LaTeX markup got confused:

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Is there a way to prevent this?

  • Very annoying. I had to cheat... – J. M.'s ennui Jun 19 '12 at 6:55
  • It has been like this for a while now, I think it's a bug in how MathJax and MarkDown are separated. I added the bug tag, this is something worth looking at by SE staff. See here and the subsequent comments too. – Szabolcs Jun 19 '12 at 7:23
  • Thanks, I've been meaning to post about that. – rcollyer Jun 19 '12 at 14:00

I have checked in a fix for this; it will work as expected in the next build of the site.

The separation of Markdown and LaTeX wasn't taking code spans into account, so when seeing

`$foo` and `$bar`

it prevented Markdown rendering in the part between the two dollar signs. The Markdown renderer thus saw

`[something I'm not touching]bar`,

turning the whole thing into a code span, and eventually we ended up with

<code>$foo` and `$bar</code>
  • Thank you very much! – halirutan Jun 19 '12 at 11:55

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