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RE: Typesetting for print

From: Paul Topping <pault@dessci.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:07:26 -0800
Message-ID: <8F5CC1B027A79E4EB4DB2154060CF638E1FA9C@DRAKE.corp.dessci>
To: "Wendell P" <wendellp@operamail.com>, <www-math@w3.org>
You might be interested in our MathFlow Equation Composer. While its
output does not always look like TeX, it can be set up to approximate it
given an appropriate selection of fonts.

Paul Topping
President & CEO

Design Science, Inc.
"How Science Communicates"
Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathDaisy, MathPlayer, Equation Editor
http://www.dessci.com




> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wendell P [mailto:wendellp@operamail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:55 PM
> To: www-math@w3.org
> Subject: Typesetting for print
> 
> 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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