# why Latex?

• May 24th 2010, 03:30 PM
superdude
why Latex?
Just out of curiosity, why did the admins go with Latex over Mathml or something else?
• May 24th 2010, 03:45 PM
Plato
Quote:

Originally Posted by superdude
Just out of curiosity, why did the admins go with Latex over Mathml or something else?

In one word: Ubiquity.
• May 24th 2010, 08:39 PM
undefined
I looked up MathML just now, and I have to say, I would definitely not enjoy working with MathML source code. I can only imagine what continued fractions would look like... (Thinking)
• May 24th 2010, 09:18 PM
Drexel28
Quote:

Originally Posted by undefined
I looked up MathML just now, and I have to say, I would definitely not enjoy working with MathML source code. I can only imagine what continued fractions would look like... (Thinking)

Hahahaha, oh my God that language is hideous! Writing $\displaystyle \frac{-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$ would take a decade!
• May 24th 2010, 10:51 PM
Bacterius
Quote:

Originally Posted by Drexel28
Hahahaha, oh my God that language is hideous! Writing $\displaystyle \frac{-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$ would take a decade!

I concur with you, it actually writes the quadratic formula like this :

Code:

$<mrow> <mi>x</mi> <mo>=</mo> <mfrac> <mrow> <mrow> <mo>-</mo> <mi>b</mi> </mrow> <mo>&PlusMinus;</mo> <msqrt> <mrow> <msup> <mi>b</mi> <mn>2</mn> </msup> <mo>-</mo> <mrow> <mn>4</mn> <mo>&InvisibleTimes;</mo> <mi>a</mi> <mo>&InvisibleTimes;</mo> <mi>c</mi> </mrow> </mrow> </msqrt> </mrow> <mrow> <mn>2</mn> <mo>&InvisibleTimes;</mo> <mi>a</mi> </mrow> </mfrac> </mrow>$
Compare this with LaTeX :

Code:

x = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^4 - 4ac}}{2a}
It's even worse than standard ASCII notation :

Code:

x = (-b +- sqrt(b^2 - 4ac)) / 2a
:(

Also, check out what the authors said about MathML :
Quote:

While MathML is human-readable, it is anticipated that, in all but the simplest cases, authors will use equation editors, conversion programs, and other specialized software tools to generate MathML. Several early versions of such MathML tools already exist, and a number of others, both freely available software and commercial products, are under development.
Human-readable, what a joke ! :D
• May 25th 2010, 03:24 AM
Swlabr
Quote:

Originally Posted by superdude
Just out of curiosity, why did the admins go with Latex over Mathml or something else?

It is also pretty much standard in the maths world. If you read a paper or a maths book, chances are it will be written in LaTeX.

Also, you have to appreciate anything which has an error message reading,

"Maybe you should try asking a human?"
• May 25th 2010, 10:14 PM
superdude
I thought about it because MathML is backed by W3C.