[texhax] Math in HTML (was Blogs)

Alberto Vecchiato vecchiato at to.astro.it
Wed Jul 19 13:13:45 CEST 2006

Hi, I'm not an expert in the subject, but what about MathML? According to 
popular voices it is not standard, not all browsers support it, etc. etc., but 
I did some little experiments with firefox and it seems to support MathML very 
well. I suspect these voices could be outdated and that there could be a 
little inertia in adopting it.

As regards the TeX to MathML translator, there are many available. I tried 
Ttm, which is free of charge for Linux and non-commercial use, and it gave 
very good results not only for equations, but also for tables, figures, 
bibliography and indexes. You can find it at


and its manual is available online at


You can find many more converters at the following address:


Alberto Vecchiato

On Wed, 19 Jul 2006, Chris Rowley wrote:

> Victor Ivrii wrote --
>> Well, html has rather primitive equation ability, one can display many symbols
>> http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/entities/symbols.html
>> but alignment is a big problem.
>>> So I think the most useful way to reframe the question might be: is
>>> anyone aware of a LaTeX to HTML converter that does *not* use images for
>>> equations, and if so, how does it work?  As I said, I don't know of one,
>>> but others on this list know a lot more than me.
>> html limitations give you no choice
> Our reasonably systematic requirements analysis supports these
> conclusions and is the reason why we are unsure that it is worth
> putting much effort into representing technical material in HTML.
> The more ancient amongst us will recall the 90s near-disaster of
> naively adding math elements to the HTML DTD.
> So until browsers understand that 21st Century culture will not be
> usefully digitised purely via West European text, and hence support a
> reasonably large slection of XML vocabularies, we are sticking to PDF,
> despite its deficiencies for browsing.
> Chris Rowley
> Maths Online Project
> Open University, UK
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