- From: <edh@noc.cis.umn.edu>
- Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 23:58:48 +0100
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on the subject of "Re: A Modest Proposal", BILL@innosoft.com postulated: > > At 1:23 AM 1/27/95, Bill Brooks wrote: > > > > > >There certainly is a "cross-platform standard for defining an > > >equation, it's called "LaTeX". I've often wondered why the authors of > > >HTML just didn't adopt and/or adapt it instead of reinventing the > > >wheel and coming up with Yet Another Language. > > > LaTeX is only one of several mathematical typesetting languages that were > > studied and considered carefully by Dave Raggett in designing HTML+, and in > > current work on HTML 3.0. The reason not to use LaTeX (or any other) > > straight out of the box is that they are all too complex. One of the > > primary goals of HTML is to balance power with simplicity. Yes, TeX is complex. This is because typesetting mathematics is complex. I think if anyone wants to typeset mathematics, they would (or should) not be surprised to find that there is a great deal more to it than typesetting text. > We really are talking about TeX's method of presenting mathematics. > LaTeX does not really add anything to the math tool box of TeX. > > It seems to me that TeX is the standard for representing mathematics in > a machine independant format. Certainly the American Mathematical > Society believes this since the journals that they print start out as > TeX documents. To not use TeX's methods for describing the presentation > of mathematics really needs to be explained. I am not suggesting that > there are no compromises to be made in getting the information on the > screen, but to implement yet another standard to describe mathematical > notation really should be questioned, especially since the problem has > been solved so completely already. Agreed, please explain. -- Every program has two purposes -- written and another for which it wasn't. Eric D. Hendrickson Damnit! I can't stop the heterocyclic declination! Central Computing Services University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA I came to confess. *I* was the second gunman on the grassy knoll.... <a href="http://www.umn.edu/~edh">Eric.Hendrickson-1@umn.edu</a> 612/626-7761

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