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The goal of the package is to provide a tool to transform equations expressed in latex, MathML or ASCIIMathML into SVG format (i.e. as an image) and Office Open XML Math format (which can be used in a Word or PowerPoint document).


You can install the development version from GitHub with:

# install.packages("remotes")

{equatags} relies heavily on npm package “mathjax-node”, a node binding for MathJax. It is necessary to have “node.js” installed on your computer to use this package.


First ‘node.js’ must be available on your machine, please visit https://nodejs.org/ and follow the installation instructions. Then use the following code to make sure everything is set up correctly. You need a Internet access during this operation.

if(exec_available("node", error = TRUE) && # check that node.js is available
   !mathjax_available()){ # check that "mathjax-node" is available


Simple usage

x <- c("(ax^2 + bx + c = 0)",
       "x = {-b \\pm \\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \\over 2a}")
z <- transform_mathjax(x = x, to = "svg")

writeLines(z[1], "man/figures/eq1.svg", useBytes = TRUE)
writeLines(z[2], "man/figures/eq2.svg", useBytes = TRUE)
equation 1
equation 2

Add an equation in package manual

This function could be used to add equations in package documentation. See part @section illustration: that illustrates its usage.

#' @export
#' @title add equations in R manuals
#' @description a sugar function to let you add
#' an equation in your roxygen tags.
#' The formula is written in two files, a pdf and a svg version,
#' one for the PDF manual, one for the HTML help files.
#' @param str the equation
#' @param dir default to `man/figures` where images are expected to be
#' in R packages.
#' @param baseout the name of the result (with svg extension)
#' @section illustration:
#' This `"x = {-b \\pm \\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \\over 2a}."` is transformed to this:
#' `r mathjax_rd("x = {-b \\pm \\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \\over 2a}", baseout = "mathjax-example.svg")`
#' @importFrom rsvg rsvg_pdf
#' @return a character vector containing Rd content
mathjax_rd <- function(str, dir = "man/figures", baseout = "mathjaxeq.svg"){

  svg_str <- transform_mathjax(x = str, to = "svg")
  path_svg <- file.path(dir, baseout)
  file_ <- file(path_svg, "w")
  writeLines(svg_str, file_, useBytes = TRUE)
  path_pdf <- gsub("\\.svg$", ".pdf", path_svg)
  rsvg::rsvg_pdf(path_svg, path_pdf, width = if(is.null(width)) NULL else width*72)
          basename(path_svg), basename(path_pdf))