Re: How to write a "proper" math document

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg120172] Re: How to write a "proper" math document*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:57:41 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <201107080854.EAA28729@smc.vnet.net> <iv9eu9$dg4$1@smc.vnet.net> <201107100902.FAA24708@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

Due to its verbosity alone, MathML is an utterly horrible language for directly writing or reading mathematical expressions. (La)TeX, by contrast, is infinitely more writable and readable. Even more readable (and writable) than Content MathML. Moreover, not all browsers natively render MathML, e.g., Safari on a Mac. On 7/10/11 5:02 AM, Richard Fateman wrote: > > ...I think that there is very little likelihood of the world standardizing > on CDF for digital distribution of mathematical documents. There IS a > standard, and it is different. The www has evolved document > representation to include math, and MathML is how. Numerous programs, > including Mathematica, can use MathML. Is this a good standard? Eh, > probably not the simplest way of representing a Mathematica notebook. > > However, one can, via "save-as", save a Mathematica notebook as XML+MathML. > > There is another standard, "OpenMath" which is more ambitious. > > I have been critical of both of these, in part because they are > incredibly verbose.... -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

**References**:**Re: How to write a "proper" math document***From:*John Fultz <jfultz@wolfram.com>

**Re: How to write a "proper" math document***From:*Richard Fateman <fateman@cs.berkeley.edu>