From: Shailesh N. Humbad <humbads@umich.edu>

Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 17:25:06 -0400

Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19980813172506.00845aa0@h.imap.itd.umich.edu>

To: www-math@w3.org

Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 17:25:06 -0400

Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19980813172506.00845aa0@h.imap.itd.umich.edu>

To: www-math@w3.org

I don't understand the purpose of MathML. Why is it necessary to introduce and develop a whole new markup language to write up math when such languages already exist? Instead of trying to recreate the wheel, the W3 working group could extend and develop LaTex for the web. This has already been started in the form of <A HREF="http://xxx.lanl.gov/hypertex/">HyperTex</A>. Since most people who compose math notation already know LaTex or AMS-LaTex, there would be no need to learn a whole new language, just a few extensions. The only thing else that is required is that browsers support Tex. Even this exists in the form of the IBM Techexplorer plugin. Combining HTML with Math notation could be done as follows: <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="HyperTex"> <!-- \documentclass{article} \begin{document} The square root of two: $\sqrt{2}$ \end{document} --> </SCRIPT> Very simple. Shailesh. --------------------------------------- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Computer Science and Math - Senior UM Discrete Event Systems Group (734)-747-8284 ICQ: 8559169 ---------------------------------------Received on Thursday, 13 August 1998 17:26:31 UTC

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