I saw a post that mentions algorithmic complexity and formats such complexity values using inline code spans (e.g.
O(n)). Should that post be updated to use MathJax formatting, since that is an option instead of inline code spans?
Why not? Especially if there's more to edit than just a single instance of
O(n)... I presume screen readers treat MathJax differently than inline code, too.
I wouldn't make an edit just for that (especially with <2K rep and the edit needing to be reviewed/approved), but as part of an otherwise legitimate worthwhile edit that's improving the post, I don't see a problem with that.
I'd probably leave alone an otherwise clearly worded, correctly formatted post without any typos and just that single
I have mixed feelings about mathjax for BigO notation in lieu of BigO notation as
code. Mathjax makes writing and editing BigO notation harder without significantly improvements to clarity.
MathJax is esoteric not ubiquitous. It is not an extension of Markdown, but a syntax unto itself...ok its like LaTex...but LaTeX is the lingua franca of papers for academic journals, not the web.
In short, I don't see what problem editing BigO notation from
code to MathJax solves. I see several potential usability problems it creates for people without LaTeX experience: i.e. the vast majority of people.