Re: support for 'macro' formatting languages

Subject: Re: support for 'macro' formatting languages
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 13:35:50 GMT

> I know TeX does a really good job at this and probably has a lot and
> complex rules for this.

For displayed math, TeX has just _one_ rule:
  The author must insert all line breaks and alignement points manually.

There is no automatic line or page breaking for displayed equations

> But, for instance formula's are worse because the formula itself
> does not 'group' terms. This information is absent and thus hard
> for the formatter to do right the first time.

In MathML this information _should be there_. Which in large part accounts
for why MathMl is more verbose than TeX. (The other reason for
verboseness just being xml syntax)


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