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Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: hyperdoc

From: Bob McElrath
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Re: hyperdoc
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 00:17:38 -0800
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Martin Rubey address@hidden wrote:
> Dear Bob, *
> there are some things I really dislike about MathML (and html, in fact):
> * I cannot read it without browser.
> * I find it very hard to edit.
> * I cannot convert it to readable LaTeX, if at all.
> there are some things I really like about LaTeX:
> * I can read it without any tools, if necessary.
> * I can edit it easily. (even without AucTeX, if necessary)
> * I can convert it to html.
> * I can send it to

MathML is an output-only form that should never be seen by humans.  XML
in general should only be used in ways that never passes human eyes.  It
is *only* an interface protocol between programs, such as axiom and a
web browser, axiom and a notebook interface, axiom and a plotting
widget, etc.

Input to axiom (that is actually typed by humans) should always be
something actually readable, such as latex or axiom's current input.
Likewise, tex output should *always* be supported as well.

Bob McElrath [Univ. of California at Davis, Department of Physics]

    "Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks 
    without knowledge, of things without parallel." -- Ambrose Bierce

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