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Re: [Filter Effects][css3-transforms] Using MathML for formulas

From: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:29:56 -0700
To: Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com>
CC: Aryeh Gregor <ayg@aryeh.name>, "public-fx@w3.org" <public-fx@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5D0FF4D1-6036-4735-A81A-727945F748F1@adobe.com>

On Apr 23, 2012, at 9:14 AM, Rik Cabanier wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 2:08 AM, Aryeh Gregor <ayg@aryeh.name> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 2:51 AM, Rik Cabanier <cabanier@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Does it matter if it's code that only the author understands? It's obviously
> > working well enough for Wikipedia to create formulas and they have much more
> > complex math than us.
> > It seems that we would have to do quite a bit of work ourselves (including
> > learning LaTex) instead of just using texvc.
> I think you're misunderstanding what texvc does -- it basically does
> nothing but parse the input, make sure it looks like valid LaTeX with
> all commands on its internal whitelist, wraps it in some boilerplate,
> and then shells out to latex.  Pretty much any valid texvc input is
> already valid LaTeX, give or take some macros that texvc recognizes
> and missing boilerplate that it adds.  Everything you're entering into
> Wikipedia's <math> tags *is* LaTeX.  So there's not much gained by not
> just using LaTeX.  The effort of trying to get texvc set up in a
> non-MediaWiki environment would likely be more than just learning how
> to add the extra boilerplate LaTeX will want.
> Also, if all you want is a few PNGs, you can just enter the code in
> Wikipedia, preview, and save the PNG.  That's the easiest way.
> I was actually planning on doing that :-)
> It would be a bit cleaner if I could just use the markup and the w3c server would do the magic.
Make sure that you add the formula to the "alt" attribute of the <img> tag, to provide at least a bit of accessibility. This is done on Wikipedia as well as on CSS3 Transforms.


> (Former MediaWiki developer here, BTW.  :) )
Received on Monday, 23 April 2012 16:30:29 UTC

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