From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 00:42:11 +0100 (BST)

Message-Id: <200004112342.AAA16440@nag.co.uk>

To: hutch@psfc.mit.edu

CC: www-math@w3.org

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 00:42:11 +0100 (BST)

Message-Id: <200004112342.AAA16440@nag.co.uk>

To: hutch@psfc.mit.edu

CC: www-math@w3.org

> it would be an arbitrary choice to use it. Not arbitrary. For many people who have editors with which they are familiar, which can do brace matching and command completion on tex syntax expressions, a tex input form rather than an XML input form would I suspect be very useful. (Or to put it another way, I intent to provide it. Whether or not it turns out to be useful, we shall see:-) > The point is that you would require a "package" that completely changed > the whole manner of entering equations. Again, yes that could be expressed > using TeX-programming, since the syntax of TeX can be changed almost > arbitrarily, but it would be unrecognizable to authors as the TeX they > know and (like us) love. Latex users routinely load all kinds of packages that provide new syntax with different semantics, for all kinds of things from journal front matter to chessboard layout to commutative diagrams. A package as I outlined would be a fairly small thing both in implementation and in user acceptance (certainly small compared to the other package I mentioned which typesets from TeX using the xml input syntax). If the choice is typing in unstructured plain TeX and only having partially automatic translation to a usable XML syntax (assuming an application requiring content markup) and typing in tex syntax but using a package that constrained you to a particular syntax with automatic translation to Content MathML, then I don't see why this should seem strange or at all non tex-like to a typical latex user. (Plain users of course get worried by any command not in the tex book, but they probably wouldn't use mathml whatever you did:-) David wearing latex hat this timeReceived on Tuesday, 11 April 2000 19:42:42 UTC

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