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Online LaTeX

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Someone has collected a useful bunch of links: Using LaTeX in WordPress » Online LaTeX

(Pasted from somewhere, to be cleaned up –)

For typesetting mathematics, there is LaTeX, of course. But what does one do next with the LaTeX file, if you intend the document to be viewable online? Using PDF files for online viewing is frowned upon. There is simply nothing better than HTML, and so one might consider using latex2html. This, however, usually uses images for almost everything leading to huge files and slow-loading pages. Much better in this regard TtH, which tries to make the mathematics display in plain HTML by hook or by crook, but this ends up looking ugly and defeats what was probably one of the major goals in using LaTeX in the first place. One could use MathML — writing a MathML document by hand is absurdly painful, but there is TtM which can convert LaTeX to MathML. But MathML creates XML (not HTML) files, and thus doesn’t plug into general text easily; it also requires the user to have some specific fonts installed, etc., and if a browser (like IE6) fails to display it correctly, the result is a mess. I just discovered that there is ASCIIMathML, which seems to handle everything very well. LaTeX-style formulas work (one can also use their simpler language, it appears). It still needs the fonts to be installed and everything, but when it fails (if JavaScript is disabled, for example), the user will simply see the “source code” of the mathematical text, which can still be readable.

docbook? tex4ht?


Written by S

Mon, 2007-05-21 at 19:34:26

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In 1987, John M. Carroll and Mary Beth Rosson published their paper “Paradox of the active user” (PDF here, reprinted here), in which they observed that most users don’t read the manuals but start using the software immediately, and that once they figure out how to do something they will not learn a new way of doing it even if it is going to be faster.

Also mentioned here,
Wired article,
The Good Easy essay (for Mac OS 9… terribly useless),
something about it,

the guy (Mark Wurst) has also written a paper called “Managing Incoming Email”, which is basically worthless — see the comments here.

Written by S

Mon, 2007-05-21 at 05:18:22

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Random funny stuff

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I’m so pleased about this advance warning, giving me a chance to cogitate on the early stages of beginning to anticipate the eventual opening moments of the new dawn of an opportunity to gear up for a period when, soon, there will be a new, imminent development foreshadowing the approaching onset of the start of my chance to, on a first-come, first-served basis, pre-order this thing. — /.

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Mon, 2007-05-21 at 01:46:17

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