[Haskell-cafe] Re: Pandoc questions
jgm at berkeley.edu
Fri Oct 17 21:12:36 EDT 2008
>> 1. Nobody has written the LaTeX -> MathML code yet, and I've been too
>> lazy. Anyone who is interested in doing this should get in touch.
> Well, I'd certainly be "interested". I use mathematics *a lot* in my
> writing. Presumably modifying a large program like Pandoc is intractably
> difficult though?
Just write a separate library that parses LaTeX input and returns MathML
output. Pandoc could then use this library. So you wouldn't need to know
anything about pandoc's internals. Just write a function
teXMathToMathML :: String -> String.
This would be a great contribution! You could get a head start by
looking at the LaTeXMathML.js code.
> It strikes me that perhaps using LaTeX to enter mathematical markup is
> rather against the spirit of Markdown. Surely there should be an option
> to include raw LaTeX, but a more "natural" encoding that covers "most"
> mathematics would be nice also. Of course, that means somebody has to
> design it first...
I think it makes good sense to use LaTeX, which is already designed to
be natural but flexible, and is already known by most mathematicians.
My guess is that in designing a more natural format, one would
eventually reinvent something like LaTeX...
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