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Re: Typesetting for print

From: Paul Libbrecht <paul@hoplahup.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:06:56 +0100
Cc: www-math@w3.org
Message-Id: <67E6643A-B0DB-4EAB-A2AB-6BD097108143@hoplahup.net>
To: Wendell P <wendellp@operamail.com>
Wendell,

I know Design Science has such a server solution which, I think, of fairly good quality.
I have never tried the typographic aspect of it (but was very happy with the content-conversion).

Note, it is different than MathType.

paul


Le 18 janv. 2012 à 04:54, Wendell P a écrit :

> Although I didn't see any past discussion of print typography here,
> there doesn't seem to be any place else to bring this up.
> 
> I would like to produce mathematical documents in an entirely XML
> workflow. There are WYSIWYG editors that render SVG and MathML, several
> good utilities for generating SVG illustrations, equation editors that
> i/o MathML, and typsetting engines that take XML+SVG+MathML input.
> 
> My main problem is that I have been unable to get sufficient quality in
> the typesetting of equations. I would prefer quality like TeX, but would
> be satisfied with that of MS Word 2007. OpenOffice is definitely not
> good enough.
> 
> I'm hoping to get some discussion here on what is available and how to
> make best use of it.
> 
> The two commercial engines I've tried are Antenna House Formatter and
> Prince XML. I was satisfied with both except for the equations. Why is
> equation layout not better? Is it just a case of not putting enough work
> into rendering equations, or is it actually harder to develop rendering
> rules for MathML than for LaTeX? Maybe the capability is there but it
> takes a deeper knowledge of the system. I looked but couldn't find any
> discussion along those lines.
> 
> There are also the really expensive systems like Arbortext APP and SDL's
> XML Professional Publisher. Do the big systems really render MathML with
> TeX-like quality? Not that I could afford them, but I'd like to know if
> what I want is even possible.
> 
> What else should I consider? I just want to output typeset PDFs from
> XHTML/HTML5+SVG+MathML files. I have even tried "Print to PDF" in
> Firefox. The equations were actually not too bad, but I doubt that any
> amount of fiddling could produce production quality documents.
> 
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