How do you do what you do?
I've just spent the best part of the week trying to set up my PC so that I can put mathematics up on the web.
I have a machine running Vista Home Edition (or whatever it's called, go on, laugh) but I'm fairly sure it's possible to do what I want to achieve using it.
The technique I tried was to install a MediaWiki on my local machine, as I know you can use LaTeX inside a wiki page and that will work.
I've already got a MySQL database running, I use it with Java apps I write, so that wasn't a problem.
Getting Apache2.2 and PHP to work together with MySQL was a challenge but not insurmountable, and I now have a MediaWiki (local only at the moment) with which I can play.
The next stage was to get it to understand LaTeX. So I followed the instructions and downloaded ImageMagick, OCaml (Objective Caml) and MinGW (Minimalist GNU for Windows), and also Ghostscript and GSView (they were originally part of my LaTeX installation that I've been using for some years but since the last HD crash I hadn't re-installed them - so that had to be done).
So far so good, but when I try to write maths using LaTeX the way it says to do so, it gives me that annoying message:
Failed to parse (Can't write to or create math temp directory): p \Longrightarrow q, q \not \vdash p
... which so many people have had trouble with in the past and there appears to be no cut & dried solution to.
So the question here is twofold:
a) Is there anyone out there who has managed to achieve this aim on the Vista platform? If so, I would welcome your experience. If all goes well I will document what I did to get it working so there will be one more nugget of info for the next person with this trouble. (I admit that the info given above is sketchy, I can provide full details of what I did and answer any relevant questions about my LocalSettings.php etc. when requested.)
b) If it turns out I can't get the kit working properly, my second choice would be to see whether I can use a similar software package to the one you use here. In which case, does anyone have a link to a set of installation instructions that I can use?
I would be greatly indebted to anyone who can help. The existing forums on MediaWiki etc. seem to have been exhausted for tips.