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The 50 Character Bug and Its Application to LaTeX on MHB

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Indicium Physicus
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Jan 26, 2012
A well-known bug in vBulletin (the software of this forum) is the 50-character bug. Try this:
Nowisthetimeforallgoodmentocometotheaidoftheircountry. This "word" is just over 50 characters long, and you can see that vBulletin forces a space in-between the n and the t of "country", right at the 50-character mark. So you're typing in $\LaTeX$ happily, and all of a sudden, code that you know works doesn't seem to work. Why not? Because vBulletin forced a space somewhere in the middle of your $\LaTeX$ command! Solution: put a space before every single $\LaTeX$ command.

I hope this helps lower your frustration level. Technology is beautiful... when it works.


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Feb 24, 2012
We are pleased to announce that we have disabled this setting so that a space is not injected every 50 characters in long strings of text now. This means your $\LaTeX$ will not be broken, even if you put no spaces at all except where required so that certain commands work properly, for example "a\cdot b" or "\int f(x)\,dx."

We hope this makes everyone's $\LaTeX$ coding simpler and less frustrating.

-MHB Administrators
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