MathJax, at last a decent way to post maths on the web
For a long time, posting something as simple as a square root on the web has been a major pain. Despite MathML having been around for years, Firefox is still the only browser (that I know of) to render MathML correctly.
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Excellent ! Even if it’s a pity that MathML (or another math format) never quite took off (even in firefox the rendering is still a bit lame). Btw I’ve been using another system for quite a while called jsMath (http://www.math.union.edu/~dpvc/jsmath), but it required the ‘right’ fonts to be installed on the visitor’s system… not really user friendly from that point of view. Interestingly enough the main difference that stand out between jsmath and mathjax is that the later leverage the relatively new web font (http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-fonts/#font-face-rule) mecanism. Come to think of it… no wonder D. Knuth made such a fuss about TeX’s METAFONT and dedicated a separate book to it (http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~uno/abcde.html) ;).
January 11, 2012 | Thibauld Nion
You’re correct to mention jsMath in this context, as MathJax can be considered the successor to jsMath, since both have the same principal developer. With regard to fonts, it’s not an issue with MathJax. It will use its own, but results will be faster if you’ll download & install the STIX fonts. More about that here: MathJax Font Help.
January 12, 2012 | Bob Mathews