Re: A Modest Proposal
Mon, 30 Jan 1995 23:58:48 +0100

on the subject of "Re: A Modest Proposal", postulated:

> > 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.

Yes, TeX is complex. This is because typesetting mathematics is complex.
I think if anyone wants to typeset mathematics, they would (or should) not
be surprised to find that there is a great deal more to it than typesetting

> We really are talking about TeX's method of presenting mathematics.
> LaTeX does not really add anything to the math tool box of TeX.
> It seems to me that TeX is the standard for representing mathematics in
> a machine independant format. Certainly the American Mathematical
> Society believes this since the journals that they print start out as
> TeX documents. To not use TeX's methods for describing the presentation
> of mathematics really needs to be explained. I am not suggesting that
> there are no compromises to be made in getting the information on the
> screen, but to implement yet another standard to describe mathematical
> notation really should be questioned, especially since the problem has
> been solved so completely already.

Agreed, please explain.

Every program has two purposes --
written and another for which it wasn't.

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