Re: A Modest Proposal

Tom Magliery (
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 20:11:56 +0100

At 1:23 AM 1/27/95, Bill Brooks wrote:
>There certainly is a "cross-platform standard for defining an
>equation, it's called "LaTeX". I've often wondered why the authors of
>HTML just didn't adopt and/or adapt it instead of reinventing the
>wheel and coming up with Yet Another Language.

LaTeX is only one of several mathematical typesetting languages that were
studied and considered carefully by Dave Raggett in designing HTML+, and in
current work on HTML 3.0. The reason not to use LaTeX (or any other)
straight out of the box is that they are all too complex. One of the
primary goals of HTML is to balance power with simplicity.


Tom Magliery ** NCSA ** 605 E Springfield ** Champaign IL 61820 ** USA