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Re: [AUCTeX] A proposal for an extension of AucTeX functionalities

From: Daniele Tampieri
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX] A proposal for an extension of AucTeX functionalities
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 13:44:51 +0100

2009/2/13 Uwe Siart <address@hidden>:
> Daniele Tampieri <address@hidden> writes:
>> 2) As you probably know there is a computer algebra package called
>>    Maxima which interacts well with emacs and has interesting features.
> Yes, it's OT, but I would be greatly interested in which manner you use
> Emacs together with Maxima. The only way I know is to call 'M-x shell'
> and then run Maxima from the shell prompt. Having the maxima output
> within an Emacs buffer enthuses me a lot but is there something advanced
> which I do not know yet?

I enter M-x maxima in the Emacs command line and after this Emacs behaves
like a terminal, enabling Maxima to show calculations results and plotting
graphs by invoking gnuplots. It would be interesting to show the whole flux of
calculations as Latex formulas and the whole plots inside Emacs (and not
inside gnuplot) as in the package which inspired me in giving this proposal,
Imaxima (you can find it at

>>    Would it be possible to use preview-latex in order to display formulas
>>    and results of numerical computations in a LaTeX format, ready to be
>>    included in scientific documentation?
> Why would you need preview-latex for that purpose? Is Maxima's function
> 'tex(expr)' not suitable for you?

Well, I never used the function tex(expr), but I suppose it works for single
expressions: anyway I will try it. However, the way of displaying Maxima
calculations I have in mind is as more or less like Imaxima, which show
fourmulas inside typed text in a way similar to preview-latex

Thank you for you attention
Daniele Tampieri

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