[seqfan] Re: MathJax

Neil Sloane njasloane at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 18:03:31 CEST 2014

We've often talked about this subject in the past.
But the problems seem impossible to solve.

Besides MathJax, there are several other rival systems (MathML, say)
which all look good.

The 3 points to remember are:
1. Human-readable:  There should be a humanly-readable version of the
2. Searching:   It would be nice if there was a standardized way
of encoding the math. expressions so that  one can search the OEIS for them
3. Displaying in 2-D: It would be nice if the math. expressions were
displayed in the 2-dimensional display used in journals.

*So we would need 2 or 3 versions for each line of mathematics.*

1. is much more important than 2. or 3.

- because the OEIS is primarily text-based - that is, almost all the time,
a user is looking at linear strings.

I don't know that MathJax does a really good job of 3. There
are a lot of pages on the web that have 2-d math expressions embedded in
but they always seem to be too big or too small
compared to the rest of the text.


On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Charles Greathouse <
charles.greathouse at case.edu> wrote:

> I would love to have LaTeX formatting here on the OEIS, and MathJax seems
> the most likely way forward. But that's not likely to happen soon. There's
> a lot of material on the OEIS already (how would it be handled?) and
> integrating MathJax into our code would not be all that quick. Also we may
> want to leave text-accessibility and handling that well is also not
> entirely straightforward.
> So one day surely, but not today.
> Charles Greathouse
> Analyst/Programmer
> Case Western Reserve University
> On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM, John W. Nicholson <reddwarf2956 at yahoo.com
> >
> wrote:
> >
> > I am wondering if MathJax might be used in the future of the OEIS?
> >
> >
> > You can render LaTeX mathematical expressions using MathJax, as on
> > math.stackexchange.com:
> >
> > John W. Nicholson
> >
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Dear Friends, I have now retired from AT&T. New coordinates:

Neil J. A. Sloane, President, OEIS Foundation
11 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, USA.
Also Visiting Scientist, Math. Dept., Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.
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