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Re: How to write a "proper" math document
On 7/11/2011 3:58 AM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> Due to its verbosity alone, MathML is an utterly horrible language for
> directly writing or reading mathematical expressions.
This is entirely true and I think no one disagrees. So is HTML.
Neither MathML nor HTML is generally written directly, but is a target
language for editors and automatic generators of one sort or another.
I never directly write MathML, but then I rarely write Latex except for
very small pieces. I can generate Latex from a computer algebra system.
So the actual readability of MathML is not so important. The fact is
that it is a standard. The way I would use it (and at least one CAS
does this) is to generate the blecherous MathML code but have in it a
comment which says how a human would write it in the CAS syntax.
(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.
That is probably a good reason not to use Safari for math documents.
Until relatively recently (and maybe even now), MathML is rarely used.
PDF for math dominates. I haven't looked at recent surveys though.
RJF
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>
> 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....
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