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Re: Exploring new vocabularies for HTML

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:32:51 +0100
Message-Id: <200803300932.m2U9WpnB018273@edinburgh.nag.co.uk>
To: ian@hixie.ch
Cc: bruce.miller@nist.gov, public-html@w3.org, www-math@w3.org


> Nobody includes the equivalent of content MathML when writing their papers 
> using LaTeX. Why would they do so with HTML?

The premise there is simply false. Many people do, (La)TeX isn't so much
a markup language as a mechanism for defining markup languages, together
with a built in typesetting engine. People commonly define new commands
for operators with different mathematical meaning but te same visual
rendering. This is why any decent (La)TeX to MathML translator has to
trap the author defined macros and supply direct translations to mathml
rather than simply allow them all to expand to primitive TeX notions. In
teh end they will all expand to explict typesetting instructions, but
then teh semantic is lost (unless you use the human eye and a lot of
context to read the rendered expression and put it back.)

David



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