# Writing technical content in Academic

Academic is designed to give technical content creators a seamless experience. You can focus on the content and Academic handles the rest.

**Highlight your code snippets, take notes on math classes, and draw diagrams from textual representation.**

On this page, you’ll find some examples of the types of technical content that can be rendered with Academic.

## Examples

### Code

Academic supports a Markdown extension for highlighting code syntax. You can enable this feature by toggling the `highlight`

option in your `config/_default/params.toml`

file.

```
```python
import pandas as pd
data = pd.read_csv("data.csv")
data.head()
```
```

renders as

```
import pandas as pd
data = pd.read_csv("data.csv")
data.head()
```

### Math

Academic supports a Markdown extension for $\LaTeX$ math. You can enable this feature by toggling the `math`

option in your `config/_default/params.toml`

file.

To render *inline* or *block* math, wrap your LaTeX math with `$$...$$`

.

Example **math block**:

```
$$\gamma_{n} = \frac{
\left | \left (\mathbf x_{n} - \mathbf x_{n-1} \right )^T
\left [\nabla F (\mathbf x_{n}) - \nabla F (\mathbf x_{n-1}) \right ] \right |}
{\left \|\nabla F(\mathbf{x}_{n}) - \nabla F(\mathbf{x}_{n-1}) \right \|^2}$$
```

renders as

$$\gamma_{n} = \frac{ \left | \left (\mathbf x_{n} - \mathbf x_{n-1} \right )^T \left [\nabla F (\mathbf x_{n}) - \nabla F (\mathbf x_{n-1}) \right ] \right |}{\left |\nabla F(\mathbf{x}_{n}) - \nabla F(\mathbf{x}_{n-1}) \right |^2}$$

Example **inline math** `$$\left \|\nabla F(\mathbf{x}_{n}) - \nabla F(\mathbf{x}_{n-1}) \right \|^2$$`

renders as $$\left |\nabla F(\mathbf{x}*{n}) - \nabla F(\mathbf{x}*{n-1}) \right |^2$$ .

Example **multi-line math** using the `\\`

math linebreak:

```
$$f(k;p_0^*) = \begin{cases} p_0^* & \text{if }k=1, \\
1-p_0^* & \text {if }k=0.\end{cases}$$
```

renders as

$$f(k;p_0^*) = \begin{cases} p_0^* & \text{if }k=1, \

1-p_0^* & \text {if }k=0.\end{cases}$$

### Diagrams

Academic supports a Markdown extension for diagrams. You can enable this feature by toggling the `diagram`

option in your `config/_default/params.toml`

file or by adding `diagram: true`

to your page front matter.

An example **flowchart**:

```
```mermaid
graph TD;
A-->B;
A-->C;
B-->D;
C-->D;
```
```

renders as

```
graph TD;
A-->B;
A-->C;
B-->D;
C-->D;
```

An example **sequence diagram**:

```
```mermaid
sequenceDiagram
participant Alice
participant Bob
Alice->John: Hello John, how are you?
loop Healthcheck
John->John: Fight against hypochondria
end
Note right of John: Rational thoughts <br/>prevail...
John-->Alice: Great!
John->Bob: How about you?
Bob-->John: Jolly good!
```
```

renders as

```
sequenceDiagram
participant Alice
participant Bob
Alice->John: Hello John, how are you?
loop Healthcheck
John->John: Fight against hypochondria
end
Note right of John: Rational thoughts <br/>prevail...
John-->Alice: Great!
John->Bob: How about you?
Bob-->John: Jolly good!
```

An example **Gantt diagram**:

```
```mermaid
gantt
dateFormat YYYY-MM-DD
section Section
A task :a1, 2014-01-01, 30d
Another task :after a1 , 20d
section Another
Task in sec :2014-01-12 , 12d
another task : 24d
```
```

renders as

```
gantt
dateFormat YYYY-MM-DD
section Section
A task :a1, 2014-01-01, 30d
Another task :after a1 , 20d
section Another
Task in sec :2014-01-12 , 12d
another task : 24d
```

### Todo lists

You can even write your todo lists in Academic too:

```
- [x] Write math example
- [x] Write diagram example
- [ ] Do something else
```

renders as

- Write math example
- Write diagram example
- Do something else

### Tables

Represent your data in tables:

```
| First Header | Second Header |
| ------------- | ------------- |
| Content Cell | Content Cell |
| Content Cell | Content Cell |
```

renders as

First Header | Second Header |
---|---|

Content Cell | Content Cell |

Content Cell | Content Cell |

### Asides

Academic supports a
shortcode for asides, also referred to as *notices*, *hints*, or *alerts*. By wrapping a paragraph in `{{% alert note %}} ... {{% /alert %}}`

, it will render as an aside.

```
{{% alert note %}}
A Markdown aside is useful for displaying notices, hints, or definitions to your readers.
{{% /alert %}}
```

renders as