[Pmwiki-users] Re: Typesetting math -- experience using PmWiki
Wed Sep 15 13:26:13 CDT 2004
On Wed, 15 Sep 2004, Joachim Durchholz wrote:
> chr at home.se wrote:
> > This is probably a general problem with HTML, but when doing technical
> > stuff you really need something. (Would be needed when writing emails as
> > well for that matter).
> >>MimeTex continues to get updated; indeed, John Forkosh has been updating
> >>his package so that it incorporates the caching directly and
> >>(supposedly) integrates easier with PmWiki.
> Personally, I highly dislike TeX due to its horrific syntax. The TeX
> typesetting algorithm has been recast in OCaml (I think, I'll have to
> look it up), so it would be easy to retrofit a better syntax.
The math syntax isn't so bad. Caveat: Since I wrote my thesis using LyX I
never actually used it. One of my *long* term goals is to enable LyX to
edit wiki pages -- entering math would then be trivial since LyX's math
editor is amazing.
Anyway, I think using the basic subset of LaTeX for math is a reasonable
solution since it's well known within the scientific community.
> The downside of all this is that math typesetting is heavy on syntax,
> which is diametrally opposite to pmWiki's simplicity goal. I'm not sure
> how to handle that (maybe recast syntax extensions in plug-ins, and have
> a syntax that tells the page editor "here comes complicated plug-in
Guess that's another argument for why a separate editor would be good. As
for using a directive that changes the syntax, that worked well when I
wrote a plugin that did something like this. I wonder if Patrick continued
working on that, can't remember what happened.
Ah... this is probably it:
guess I'll have to check it out.
Christian Ridderstr?m, +46-8-768 39 44 http://www.md.kth.se/~chr
More information about the pmwiki-users