Mark Steinberger writes:
> The AMS has done one important thing that seems counter to the
> interests of its publishing arm: bringing the postscript type 1 CM and
> AMS fonts into the public domain.
I don't think they are in the public domain, if I may quibble :-}
> They have also done a very nice service in their amslatex
oh sure, the AMS has done an exceptional amount for TeX. they just
look like an exception to me.
> conversions from TeX to *ML and back would appear to be.) Changing
> that would require new authoring/presenting tools, new books, and
> political influence similar to that used by the AMS to promote TeX.
I agree, all the way, in so far as *mathematics* is concerned. I don't
know what you are going to do, as at present you seem to be stuck in
the corner with wet paint all around you. MathML offers you a
*possible* way out, albeit pretty unattractive from where you are
sitting, but can you really afford to sit tight? Yes, possibly you can
for a while. But if the usage of TeX shrinks to the maths community,
you'll lose some of the commercial systems (Y&Y cant make a living from just
mathematicians, can it?), a lot of the developer community and you'll
lose things like CTAN; do you have the resources to maintain this just
from within maths?