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   Re: [xml-dev] Non XML syntaxes

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David Carlisle scripsit:

> > It's a lot easier to use
> > eqn than TeX to express mathematical text, 
> Not sure about that really (certainly TeX is vastly more popular with
> mathematicians than eqn) 

The design point for eqn was secretaries who had to type mathematics
without knowing any mathematics.  Eqn does have usability bugs: if you
type (foo sub 2) it makes the ) part of the subscript, and you have to
use braces or say (foo sub 2 ).  But K  C observed that although mathematicians
liked the system (but did complain about the output), it was a complete
success with secretaries.

Nowadays, of course, we are all our own secretaries (and telephone operators,
too, but that's a different tale).

> However your main point is still valid, and both eqn
> and TeX are a lot easier to author by hand than MathML (although pretty
> much impossible to process by anything other than the specified
> application).

TeX is Turing-complete.  I could imagine a version of eqn that looked for
$$$ ... $$$ brackets and generated TeX, though.

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