[texhax] LaTeX, Webpages, and PDF files
Deyan Ginev
d.ginev at jacobs-university.de
Fri Aug 20 00:18:17 CEST 2010
Hi Tom,
There are a lot of answers to your question, as there are different
applications trying to get the job done in a LaTeX to webpage
conversion. Some examples:
1. The Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
(http://dlmf.nist.gov/), a complete revision of Abramowitz and Stegun’s
Handbook of Mathematical Functions, is written entirely in LaTeX and
converted to XHTML+MathML via LaTeXML (http://dlmf.nist.gov/LaTeXML/).
2. Zentralblatt Math (http://www.zentralblatt-math.org/zmath/en/) offers
partial support for "webified" formulas via MathML, produced via Tralics
(http://www-sop.inria.fr/miaou/tralics/)
3. Many authors rely on the more classical, yet more complete in support
tools, namely latex2html (http://www.latex2html.org/) and tex4ht
(http://tug.org/applications/tex4ht/).
So, what you choose for converting your LaTeX document to a webpage
depends on what your particular needs are. Now, I am personally slightly
biased towards LaTeXML, so I won't try to push my own preferences, but I
would definitely recommend it ;-)
If I understand correctly your second question, you are asking if you
can require a compile-to-pdf invocation whenever someone downloads a
file? Why not keep a static PDF and rerun LaTeX and your choice of a
LaTeX-to-Web software when you update the file? You can write a simple
Makefile that does that for you in principle.
Cheers,
Deyan
On 08/19/2010 11:40 PM, Thomas Jacobs wrote:
> Hi there,
>
> I have an interdisciplinary question regarding the use of LateX for
> webpages and the production of .pdf documents. Suppose I wish to
> create a bunch of faculty resource pages on my website. I want them
> easily accessible for faculty desiring a quick answer to something as
> well as comprehensively available in a .pdf document someone could
> download to read and study on a more macro basis which would encompass
> many of the web pages of material. Is there any way to do this and
> only maintain the material in one place so one could browse website
> pages or hit a button and download a .pdf file? I know how to do the
> latter in LaTeX but am unfamiliar with using LaTeX to generate web
> pages. If one can do this, is it better to compile the .pdf documents
> every time the page material is updated or is there a way to have the
> webpage be smart enough to compile the material into a .pdf document
> whenever someone wishes to download? Thanks for any thing anyone
> could recommend. If anyone has good resources for creating web pages
> with LaTeX (assuming that is not nonsensical), that would also be
> appreciated.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Tom
>
> --
> Thomas Jacobs, FRM, PRM, PhD
> Assistant Professor of Finance
> Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
> DePaul University
> (312) 362-6039 (W) (630) 640-9294 (C)
>
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