I have just discovered (see thread herehttps://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=244488#p1060128) that DragMath was no longer appearing on Moodle.org, and that this was the result of TeX having been turned down.

I can't tell you whether this was because, as one dev put it awhile ago, Maths is not a core concern of Moodle, or because Moodle administration was simply unaware of TeX usage on Moodle.org, but whatever the issue TeX has now been turned on IN THE MATH FORUM ONLY.

Frankly I think this is inappropriate, but who here really gives a rat's rear end what I think, right But I think the ability to communicate within an educational tool is vital to the success of that tool, and the ability to use TeX or an equivalent important in as much as full communication without such a tool can be very difficult.

Of perhaps greater interest is that if Moodle.org is in fact going to playing around with turning off any TeX NOT in the Math forum, it gives one pause to consider the benefit of using MathJax to implement Math notation, which would give users the ability to have TeX, and ASCIIMath parsed.

The downside, which is why I raise this again, is the Algebra filter, which is only accessible at present if the TeX filter is turned on, but there is no reason that this has to be true, just like there is no reason that the TeX filter has to be on to access DragMath just because one Dev assumed that only people using the TeX filter would need DragMath, lol.

In any event, I thought I would raise the issue here and suggest that anyone seeing this thread here pass it on to those discussing STEM subjects in other fora where TeX or its equiv is of interest or value, or where it has been used in a forum and is now no longer parsed based on Moodle.org current policy.

SHould there be enough concern or interest I suppose the target of such interest should be the forum thread noted above.

Happy Chanukah