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Re: Attn: Tom Dickey Re: lynx-dev superscript bugs

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: Attn: Tom Dickey Re: lynx-dev superscript bugs
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 13:19:52 -0700

At 12:23p -0700 08/10/2002, Steve White didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

I personally detest using Gif's to represent formulae.  It's ugly, sloppy,
and amounts to a loss of information.

I have found that a lot of math can be represented very well in HTML,
so long as browsers adhere to published standards.

When I started working at SLAC, my then-boss was interested in Ping's MINSE which used GIFs yet kept the original formula in the ALT attribute so it wouldn't be lost. My next boss there was enamored of IBM's techexplorer; we had a brief love affair with the browser plug-in (I didn't like IBM's use of <embed> and javascript, so I came up with some <object> code for Lynx compatibility), but the plug-in turned out to be very buggy render-wise (perhaps it just didn't like <object>). The general sentiment now is that we should probably just have raw TeX for formulae in document abstracts, and then if someone really wants to render it, they can pass it off to another app or something.
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