Similar to MathJax, shouldn't a graphing/charting engine supporting at least a few basic charts be available for use while composing questions/answers.

As things stand, you have to generate a chart elsewhere and include the same as an image to the QA.

For example, see this:


  • Just to be sure: This is a request for SO? – Bart May 25 '12 at 8:54
  • What's wrong with just importing the image? Its an extra step, but what are the benefits to including graphing? (neither for nor against this; just trying to understand the argument) or, why does your linked question require graphing capabilities? – simchona May 25 '12 at 8:56
  • I see that you used graphs effectively in your question there, but how often is this used in general? And do you think it should exist on all Stack Exchange sites, or just on Electrical Engineering and specific sites? – Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 9:02
  • This is not specific to a single SE site. Native capabilities are always nice to have. For example-typical steps are, copy as picture - Paste to an image editor- save to PC- insert in the text - upload. Ideal scenario, include in answer, paste data- graph generated. Also, a functionality similar to rep graphs would let you zoom and pan. – Vaibhav Garg May 25 '12 at 9:02
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    Am I right in saying that MathJax is also only supported on a select number of SEs? I would certainly not include graphing a SO/SE-wide feature. – Bart May 25 '12 at 9:08
  • I have to do the same thing when I upload screenshots to Stack Overflow, Super User, and/or Meta. Should there be a built-in feature for that as well? A screen grabber utility, perhaps? I don't think so. – Cody Gray May 25 '12 at 9:09

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