Math support in Sphinx
Since mathematical notation isn't natively supported by HTML in any way, Sphinx supports math in documentation with several extensions.
The basic math support is contained in :mod:`sphinx.ext.mathbase`. Other math support extensions should, if possible, reuse that support too.
The input language for mathematics is LaTeX markup. This is the de-facto standard for plain-text math notation and has the added advantage that no further translation is necessary when building LaTeX output.
:mod:`.mathbase` defines these new markup elements:
:mod:`sphinx.ext.pngmath` -- Render math as PNG images
This extension renders math via LaTeX and dvipng into PNG images. This of course means that the computer where the docs are built must have both programs available.
There are various config values you can set to influence how the images are built:
Because MathJax (and the necessary fonts) is very large, it is not included in Sphinx.