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Torsten Bronger <[log in to unmask]>
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Mailing list for the LaTeX3 project <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 18 Jul 2003 16:28:44 +0200
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William F Hammond <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> Barbara Beeton <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>> timothy murphy asked,
>>     > And isn't it quite sensible to distinguish between text and maths?
>> and torsten bronger responded,
>>     XML doesn't do it and I find this very convenient.  In (La)TeX, for
> This statement about XML is not helpful without reference to a
> particular document type.
> For example, gellmu article does provide elements called "math" and
> "displaymath", which when formatted to LaTeX switch on the
> corresponding math mode.

Well, you cut off the citation too soon.  I am talking about
character treatment only, and in
<message:[log in to unmask]> I write "the program
-- or XML file format -- must provide a way to mark math areas, and
it must apply rules or whatever to typeset accordingly."

> As LaTeX is evolving it will be possible for gellmu's "alpha" (an
> empty element marked up in Gellmu source as \alpha) to be formatted in
> LaTeX as (math) \alpha when recursively inside a math element and not
> inside either of gellmu's "mbox" or "text", while outside of math
> "alpha" could easily be morphed to a suitable unicode point.

So you distuguish between both cases within your Gellmu tools?
Okay, we have to, I do so, too; but actually I think that this is
something that the typesetter should provide.  So, an \alpha in math
mode should be cmmi, and in text mode is must be part of a Greek


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