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    why Latex?

    Just out of curiosity, why did the admins go with Latex over Mathml or something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdude View Post
    Just out of curiosity, why did the admins go with Latex over Mathml or something else?
    In one word: Ubiquity.
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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by undefined View Post
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drexel28 View Post
    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:
    <math>
      <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>
    </math>
    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.
    Human-readable, what a joke !
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdude View Post
    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?"
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    I thought about it because MathML is backed by W3C.
    Last edited by superdude; June 1st 2010 at 08:56 PM. Reason: fixed typo
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