Re: More than just HTML (was Re: Poetry and Maths)

Neal Holtz (
Tue, 25 May 93 11:30:56 EDT

Thomas A. Fine writes:
> I really think we're going the wrong way here. HTML was always meant
> to be a small, even minimal document type. The promised strong point
> of the web would be multiple document types, all tied together within
> a structure of HTML documents.
There is certainly a danger of a very good idea becoming bloated with
too many things. On the other hand, as one example ...

> HTML only provides the framework by which lots of other document types
> are accessed. You want to do lot's of neat TeX things? Use TeX.

The kind of documents I am most interested in are about 50\% math
and 50\% text with {\em lots} of cross-references. It is important
that the math appear in-line with the document. A typical unit (node)
is 1/2 page. I worry about performance if, for example, the math
portion is farmed out to TeX/xdvi for rendering, and I wonder whether
an acceptable cacheing scheme can be found (perhaps it can).

I was attracted to HTML for this purpose because of the nice tools
that are now available, in contrast to other mechanisms.

Prof. Neal Holtz,  Dept. of Civil Eng.,  Carleton University,  Ottawa,  Canada
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