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Due to my disability, I cannot write without the use of a computer. When working with numbers it is often helpful to write arithmetic problems in column format, e.g.

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I have never been able to do this without assistance from an able-bodied person.

I recently began looking for a solution to this issue and found LaTeX. Is it possible to write a sum in column format in LaTeX, or is there some other more appropriate tool for this?

Note that I'm not interested in solving the sums with software, I just need to display them in a way which makes them easier for me to work with.

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tex.stackexchange.com ? –  Johan Aug 27 '10 at 6:26
    
Wow. Didn't even know that existed. –  Crippledsmurf Aug 28 '10 at 7:16

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I use LaTeX regularly to write papers. It is a very powerful piece of software, but I'm not sure how useful it would be for your needs. Here is the minimum amount of code to write your example:

 \documentclass[]{article}   

 \begin{document}

 \begin{tabular}{r}
     5 \\ 
     + 12 \\ 
     \hline
     17
 \end{tabular}

 \end{document}

And the (cropped from A4/Letter) output:

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There are some WYSIWYG editors for LaTeX such as LyX which might make it easier.

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Thanks for your answer. That looks like exactly what I was after :) –  Crippledsmurf Aug 27 '10 at 4:27

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