How do you feel about lines like this:
\[ a = b < c = d \]
If you're skim-reading, and the terms a,b,c,d are quite long, you might not notice the < in the middle, and think that a = d. Is there a better way?
@jsmall no, this isn't code: it's maths. The correct interpretation of the line is a<d.
@jsmall brackets grouping the equalities would help, but might hide the point of the statement, which is that the first term is less than the last one
@christianp @jsmall To amplify, it really depends on the audience and the desired level of exposition. I've seen math texts that present things in that form, but of course it's not great for actually teaching. On the other hand, it is pretty easy to reconstruct a convincing proof given that roadmap, and for some people that's good enough.
@btcprox that was easy to skim-read. It's harder if a,b,c and d are really long - the relation symbols in the middle are easy to lose
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