1. ## why Latex?

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

2. Originally Posted by superdude
Just out of curiosity, why did the admins go with Latex over Mathml or something else?
In one word: Ubiquity.

3. 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...

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

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