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Re: ANN: New Math on the Web Products Announced

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 21:42:02 -0400
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To: Bruce Virga <BruceV@mathtype.com>, "'www-math@w3.org'" <www-math@w3.org>
At 11:52 AM -0700 10/16/00, Bruce Virga wrote:

>  "Since 75% of the
>world's scientific and technical documents are Microsoft Word documents with
>Equation Editor and MathType equations, it's very important that our users
>have a way to present those documents on the Web.

Now how do you know that? It sounds to me like a figure plucked out 
of thin air. Certainly it's decidedly untrue for all the scientific 
and technical documents I deal with. I guess it depends on your 
definition of "technical" but I'd say that by far the most common 
format I run across in science is the TeX document or PostScript or 
PDF documents generated from a TeX document. HTML is a distant 
second. Word doesn't even merit a mention.

The only way to move Word up in the rankings would be to include the 
vast quantities of computer documentation that don't use equations 
like software manuals and computer books. A lot of this is written in 
Word, but since almost none of it uses equations, that hardly matters 

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