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Re: What are your plans for MathML macros?

From: Ian Hutchinson <hutch@psfc.mit.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 21:59:13 -0500 (EST)
To: James Ramsey <jjramsey_6x9eq42@yahoo.com>
cc: www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.981030215702.8186B-100000@silas.psfc.mit.edu>
No, what I suggest is that the document is written in TeX (for example)
and that any changes to it are done in the TeX, but it is served to the
web via a translator such as TtH. Everything beyond the actual TeX
composition can be automatic programs.

	Ian Hutchinson, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT. 
	http://psfc.mit.edu/~hutch/home.html

On Fri, 30 Oct 1998, James Ramsey wrote:

> ---Ian Hutchinson <hutch@psfc.mit.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Let's try and bring some clarity here.
> > 
> > The issue: 	MathML is too verbose and complicated to author directly.
> > 
> --break--
> > Better approach: Generate STANDARD MathML by translation from a
> language
> > 	in which authoring mathematics is relatively easy. TeX is the
> > 	natural choice, and means that only one source file would be
> > 	necessary, though naturally the MathML version would be the 
> > 	web-published version.
> 
> I am guessing that you mean this:
> 
> 1) Author writes document in which equations are written in TeX.
> 2) Author runs document through translator that translates equations
> into MathML.
> 3) Author keeps the original document and distributes the MathML
> version.
> 
> The trouble I see with this approach is that it means that you really
> have *two* "source files" that you have to keep track of, one for
> private use, and one for distribution or further conversion to other
> forms. If you change the original file, you have to remember to
> translate it again. Also, it takes roughly twice the disk space. If
> two or more people work on the file, which one do they use? These
> problems aren't exactly showstoppers, I know, but that still means you
> have _two_ files to maintain.
> 
> 
> ==
> 
> 
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