At the risk of possible overlap with this (9-month-old) question

Chatting about mathematics (with real-time LaTeX rendering)

what is the best desktop application now for running MathJax in the classroom.

I can't depend on having a connection to the web, so I'm seeking a stand-alone application. To be clear, I'd like to type as I talk and have the students see the typeset mathematics with as small a delay as possible. (An application's waiting for the ends of paragraphs might be a deal breaker.)

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    $\begingroup$ I think the mathjax website might be of more help than math.SE. $\endgroup$ – Alex Becker Aug 26 '12 at 22:59
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    $\begingroup$ I have indeed looked there, but I'd really like to hear from a flesh-and-blood teacher who actually does this...to avoid bugs, programs that hang-up, etc. And of course if MathJax has a competitor, I won't find that out there. $\endgroup$ – David Feldman Aug 26 '12 at 23:09
  • $\begingroup$ Just tried Qute, which would do in a pinch. It has competitors. $\endgroup$ – David Feldman Aug 27 '12 at 0:27
  • $\begingroup$ Just tried Pidgin, but couldn't figure out how to make it see the TeX plugin or function as a Blackboard if I'm not actually using it for chat. $\endgroup$ – David Feldman Aug 27 '12 at 1:00
  • $\begingroup$ I use asciimath a lot for personal notetaking. It definitely satisfies your requirement of no delay. You can type and see the results live: www1.chapman.edu/~jipsen/mathml/asciimathdemo.html Although it runs in a browser, I believe it doesn't require a live web connection. I think you can just install the javascript locally on your laptop or whatever. $\endgroup$ – Ben Crowell Aug 27 '12 at 1:53

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