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From "Mark R. Diggory" <>
Subject Re: [math] documentation principles
Date Fri, 16 May 2003 19:28:06 GMT
Mark R. Diggory wrote:

> Phil Steitz wrote:
>> The problem is how to get the math goodies into the xdoc. Maybe 
>> brings us back into a MathML discussion. I haven't
>> looked into this in a while, but in the past, I have always
>> preferred tex for math composition, which can be rendered
>> into postcript or pdf. Looks like MathML is effectively
>> obsoleting tex. There are browser plug-ins, but I doubt we
>> can count on these.  This leads to the need for pdf or
>> postscript -- or some engine that generates images + html
>> from MathML.  It's not the pdf format that I care about,
>> just the ability to produce reasonable math docs in a
>> platform-independent way.  
> I'm not sure of IE's plans to support MathML, I know Mozilla has 
> excellent support for it now. While its out of the realm to expect IE 
> to suddenly start supporting it, you might consider a two pronged 
> approach:
> 1.) MathML in the javadoc
> 2.) links to pdf or image verisions in javaDoc as a fallback.
> This way you promote the usage of MathML while providing an optional 
> approach for those who do not have it yet. We could consider producing 
> some stylesheets and using FOP to process 
> the MathML documents  into pdf format or into the Javadoc. I've worked 
> with XSLT, Maven and Ant enough to know this is possible to do. I 
> think I'd enjoy exploring it too.
> -Mark 

More specifically  

MathML -- via some converter -> SVG -- via FOP --> PDF

Also notice someone is working on an extension to FOP for MathML at the 
bottom of this page, maybe we can find out more about the status of this?


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