# The MathJax.Message Object¶

The MathJax.Message object contains the methods used to manage the small message area that appears at the lower-left corner of the window. MathJax uses this area to inform the user of time-consuming actions, like loading files and fonts, or how far along in the typesetting process it is.

The page author can customize the look of the message window by setting styles for the #MathJax_Message selector (which can be set via

MathJax.Hub.Config({
styles: {
"#MathJax_Message": {
...
}
}
});


Because of a bug in Internet Explorer, in order to change the side of the screen where the message occurs, you must also set the side for #MathJax_MSIE_Frame, as in

MathJax.Hub.Config({
styles: {
"#MathJax_Message": {left: "", right: 0},
"#MathJax_MSIE_Frame": {left: "", right: 0}
}
});


It is possible that a message is already being displayed when another message needs to be posted. For this reason, when a message is displayed on screen, it gets an id number that is used when you want to remove or change that message. That way, when a message is removed, the previous message (if any) can be redisplayed if it hasn’t been removed. This allows for intermittent messages (like file loading messages) to obscure longer-term messages (like “Processing Math” messages) temporarily.

## Methods¶

Set(message[, n[, delay]])

This sets the message being displayed to the given message string. If n is not null, it represents a message id number and the text is set for that message id, otherwise a new id number is created for this message. If delay is provided, it is the time (in milliseconds) to display the message before it is cleared. If delay is not provided, the message will not be removed automatically; you must call the MathJax.Messsage.Clear() method by hand to remove it. If message is an array, then it represents a localizable string, as described in the Localization strings documentation.

Parameters: message — the text to display in the message area n — the message id number delay — amout of time to display the message the message id number for this message.

This causes the message with id n to be removed after the given delay, in milliseconds. The default delay is 600 milliseconds.

Parameters: n — the message id number delay — the delay before removing the message null
Remove()

This removes the message frame from the window (it will reappear when future messages are set, however).

Returns: null
File(file)

This sets the message area to a “Loading file” message, where file is the name of the file (with [MathJax] representing the root directory).

Parameters: file — the name of the file being loaded the message id number for the message created
filterText(text, n)

This method is called on each message before it is displayed. It can be used to modify (e.g., shorten) the various messages before they are displayed. The default action is to check if the messageStyle configuration parameter is simple, and if so, convert loading and processing messages to a simpler form. This method can be overridden to perform other sanitization of the message strings.

Parameters: text — the text of the message to be posted n — the id number of the message to be posted the modified message text
Log()

Returns a string of all the messages issued so far, separated by newlines. This is used in debugging MathJax operations.

Returns: string of all messages so far