Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by serralves, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. serralves macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2005
    I'm trying to create a website describing my research to the world and was wondering if anyone knows of a OS X based translator that converts LaTeX into MathML. Preferably it would be freeware, although it would be sufficiently useful to me to consider splashing out a little cash...

    Thanks in advance,
  2. serralves thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2005
    OK. Maybe I should do a google search *before* I ask a question :rolleyes:

    There are lots of websites that will do this, never mind apps...

    Does anyone else use these or use MathML regularly? Maybe this thread could be a discussion of it... (just trying to backtrack over my useless question! :) )
  3. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    Just to add to your thread so you don't think it was useless... ;)

    I looked at MathML a few years ago as part of a work project. I was trying to incorporate some financial formulae into a web-based application and on-the-fly PDFs (created using XSL formatting objects)... looks like MathML would have been very useful to me, were it not for the fact that the investment bank I work for uses IE as its standard browser, so all the technologies I was investigating like MathML and SVG just weren't supported. I know there are plug-ins available, but the Bank just doesn't allow this "non-standard" sort of stuff :rolleyes:

    (aaargh now I sound like a geek... *hangs head in shame!*)
  4. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2003
    Long Beach, California
    Really, it's ok to sound like one in the "Web Design and Development" forum. ;)

    serralves, doesn't Wikipedia make use of MathML? Does anyone have any good examples of websites that take advantage of it?
  5. serralves thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2005
    Actually the mathematics bits of wikipedia I skimmed over use png files where the equations should be.... I assume this is to ensure compliance with IE as alluded to by dietcokevanilla...

    I'm actually having problems displaying MathML in FF and Camino, I went to the relevant mozilla page and downloaded the fonts package it suggested - but I still get prompted for some of the fonts. What's more annoying is that I can't see any minus signs! (I obviously have a rose-tinted browser that sees an overly positive view of the world!) I guess this is now a software rather than web development issue now though...

    My other idea is actually similar to wikipedia, which is to combine the use of graphics for equations and the image map ideas here.
    I think this would be good for explaining what equations actually mean (of course, it's going to be quite fiddly though!)
  6. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2003
    Boston, MA
    For web stuff (and for most documents), I usually use LaTeX, and save as a .png or some other type of portable file. That way, I know the reader won't have any problems seeing the equations on their system, regardless of browser.

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