Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:01:31 -0400
Torsten Bronger <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> >> 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.
So I guess you accept that point, but perhaps I did not need to say it
for your benefit.
> > 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."
Yes, sorry, I was reading too fast.
> > 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
One way or another there should be a distinction.
But I want gellmu article to be able to reach xhtml+mathml and for
this I want to have a source markup way of identifying math symbols.
For that purpose it is convenient for me to hold on to </alpha> (the
xml form of \alpha) until the end of any pipeline. Beyond that I
think it inefficient use of xml structure to look individually at
items of cdata. So my formatter is willing to think about how to
handle </alpha> but not about how to handle á (which will be
understood only as the unicode object that it is and which, therefore,
should not be found loose inside math). (The last sentence is
supposed to have a single U+03B1 that is UTF-8 encoded; I don't know
what will happen in the mail.)