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[Texmacs-dev] LatexML

From: Bas Spitters
Subject: [Texmacs-dev] LatexML
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 13:32:33 +0100
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I wondered whether anyone has looked at latexml.
It might also be(come) a helpful tool for latex importation into texmacs???


From http://dlmf.nist.gov/LaTeXML/LaTeXML.html:
For many, LaTeX is the prefered means for document authoring, particularly 
when significant mathematical content is involved. On the other hand, 
content-oriented XML is an extremely useful storage format allowing documents 
to be used, and reused, for a variety of purposes, not least, presentation on 
the Web. Given the rough mismatch between the two, particularly for 
mathematics, conversion from LaTeX to XML is a bit tricky. Faced with this 
situation, and the lack of other suitable tools at that time, the Digital 
Library of Mathematical Functions proceeded to develop thier own tool, 
LaTeXML, to fill this need. This document describes a preview release of 

The idealistic goals of LaTeXML are:

    * Faithful emulation of TeX's behaviour.
    * Easily extensible.
    * Lossless; preserving both semantic and presentation cues.
    * Uses abstract LaTeX-like, extensible, document type.
    * Determine the semantics of mathematical content (Content MathML, Good 
Presentation MathML, eventually OpenMath).

As these goals are not entirely practical, or somewhat contradictory, they are 
implicitly modified by “as much as possible.” Completely mimicing TeX's 
behaviour would seem to require the sneakiest modifications to TeX, itself. 
`Ease of use,' of course, is in the eye of the beholder. Few documents are 
likely to have completely unambiguous mathematics markup; human understanding 
of both the topic and the surrounding text is needed to properly interpret 
any particular mathematical fragment. Thus, we expect that document-specific 
declarations or tuning to be necessary to faithfully convert mathematical 
documents, rather than presuming to provide a `turn-key' solution. At the 
same time, we would encourage a more content-oriented mathematical markup 
style, than a presentation-oriented style. 
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