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Some recent StackExchanges are starting to include site specific 3rd party JavaScripts - for example, cstheory.stackexchange.com (and math.stackexchange.com) both use what I think is MathJax to render the mathematics. Users of these sites depend on features provided by these "SE plugins", so I'd like to replicate the functionality in SixToEight.

Alas, including MathJax in every site is expensive - the processing it does can be quite intensive, and the poor old iPhone 3G can hardly cope at the best of times. I'd like to include the needed JavaScript only on StackExchanges that use it, but I can't find a way of identifying these sites (short of hard-coding a list, or nasty analysis of the live HTML).

This problem boils down to two questions.

  1. Are there other "plugins" used by other StackExchanges that I'm not aware of, that change the content display in a significant way?
  2. Is it worth adding a list of these "plugins" to StackAuth, so we can include them only when necessary (and, if needed, disable Stack Exchanges with content we cannot support)?

With MathJax, it's not strictly necessary to have the plugin to view the content - the ASCII content is reasonably readable. It's just significantly suboptimal, and I'm worried that future sites will have other content that really is broken without 3rd party JavaScript.

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i like the idea but it will most certainly (and understandably) be declined. –  Sky Sanders Sep 30 '10 at 16:38
why understandably? Hopefully it will be accepted. –  Jonathan. Sep 30 '10 at 16:57
jonathan - you should preface directed responses with @sky (or @foo - at least three letters in the respondee's name) so that the respondee gets notification. As far as the feature - this would, amongst other things, tie the implementation to the meta data as well as adding a burden to the maintainers to keep this information up to date. It will certainly be declined. sorry. consolation prize is an upvote. ;-) –  Sky Sanders Sep 30 '10 at 18:53
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

This is a tricky one, and I can't really say how it will be solved in the future but we'll have to figure out something.

The inability to render questions is kind of a major deficiency (if one that didn't exist until well after 1.0 was frozen).

This has been added in 1.1.

/1.1/sites reports markdown_extensions with values Prettify, MathJax, and jTab as possible returns. However, new extension can be added at any time.

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+1 for seeing the need to implement this in the future. –  Nathan Osman Sep 30 '10 at 19:49
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MathJax sites as of May 7 2012:

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Wow... I didn't realize so many sites had deployed MathJax. –  Nathan Osman May 7 '12 at 17:31
@George yeah, neither did I.. Until I needed to find out for this script: stackapps.com/questions/3373/mathjax-buttons –  Manishearth May 7 '12 at 17:59
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