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There was a question about linking from the code examples at tex.stackexchange.com to an online LaTeX compiler about a year ago: Link to online LaTeX compiler. The answers and comments to the question indicate that there is willingness from several of the online compilers to help support and/or implement such a feature.

Personally, I think the feature would be great and I am therefore wondering if there is a good reason why the suggestion has not been implemented as it seemed that everyone liked the proposal and competent people offered to help.

  • you can paste the URL of the compiler space say with sharelatex or writelatex. Is that not the idea? – percusse May 1 '14 at 20:31
  • Implementation of any automated link from 'our' end would require action by the StackExchange staff/devs: not something 'we' can achieve. – Joseph Wright May 1 '14 at 20:33
  • I wouldn't like TeX.SX to be too reliant on a third-party online compiler. What would happen to all the code if that online compiler shut down, further down the road? – jubobs May 5 '14 at 12:02
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    @Jubobs: I'm not suggesting that TEX.SX should rely on an external compiler. I just think replying to questions and being able to test a MWE by following a link from a code blok to an external online compiler would improve the usability of the site. I am for example using an iPad and copy/paste of LaTeX code is cumbersome. It would help a lot if code in an answer/question could be opened in the editor of one of the online compilers. – Martin Heller May 5 '14 at 17:46

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