going to be fooling around with themes and graphics for a while…

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type latex shortcode directly into the visual editor

code from wp plugin page

wp-latex syntax

https://en.support.wordpress.com/latex/

so we are looking for latex mathmode syntax

here it is, the list of math symbols is corresponding to what i am getting experimentally, indispensable reference here -> https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics

anything referencing plugins is not directly applicable to the free wordpress version where plugins are not allowed (ie latex is provided automatically). some of this code that doesnt parse is copy pasted from these sites.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/mathjax-latex/

http://web.unc.edu/support/using-wp-latex/

seems good -> https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-latex/faq/