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*Subject*: **Re: [docbook-apps] Source of Docbook + MathML -> PDF examples?**

*From*:**"Chris Chiasson" <chris@chiasson.name>***To*: "Jon Leech" <jon@alumni.caltech.edu>*Date*: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 14:02:13 -0500

One free way to go from MathML to pdf is via SVG Math, a python script. I intended to use this script to make my inline math have the correct baseline shift, but I haven't done anything with it yet. Do you really intend to use FOP instead of XEP or Arbortext E3? I hope you like full page width tables. What I currently do for PDFs with math is to generate an EPS form of the equation. If it is an inline equation (where an EPS will not give the correct baseline shift without some extra doing), I check to see if the math can be represented as a string of characters with superscripts and subscripts. If so, then I output the DocBook markup for the string. If it is more complicated than that, I currently go with the EPS. I generate it all automatically (including the MathML, the EPSs, the conditional formatting, etc). It doesn't look bad when I use the personal edition of XEP. There are several caveats though. One is that, since I am working with DocBook 5 (it brings several features to the table), I constantly have problems with the node-set processing (causing many headaches for the (much) more experienced contributors to the DocBook project). Another is that the programs I use to generate the math have problems running together 64 bit computers (Ant is a Java building program; MathLink and JLink for Mathematica 5.2 is 32 bit - this doesn't work out too well on my amd64 Gentoo system). And then my Windows workstation also gives me problems because xsltproc is less stable on Windows than it is on Linux. That last paragraph is just a long way of telling you I don't have any good looking PDFs + source to show you unless you are willing to wait for me to execute half my build script on Windows and the second half on Linux. Even then, there would still be the weird table captions problem with DocBook 5. I would be remiss to not mention dblatex. On 9/19/06, Jon Leech <jon@alumni.caltech.edu> wrote: > A standards group I work with (Khronos) is interested in migrating > to Docbook as the basis for our future specification documents. To do > that, we'll need to be able to author complex technical specs including > considerable amounts of imbedded math and diagrams, and generate PDF out > the back end. > > I've been through a bunch of the FAQs and howtos, but have not been > able to find a clear answer of how we'd go about this. My preferred path > would be using imbedded MathML, as we are already using Docbook 4.3 + > MathML -> XHTML + MathML for man pages and it's working well. But I'm > not sure of the state of MathML->PDF support in e.g. FOP. > > So, to get to the point - can anyone point me to examples of > documents and toolchains for Docbook+MathML -> PDF documents, that I > would be able to download and build myself on both Fedora Core 5 and Win > XP? I'm really hoping to be able to locate an actual document I can > experiment with - email explanations are not necessarily easy to > translate into practice. It would be a big plus if the example uses only > toolchain components I can get prepackaged for FC5 in RPM form. > > Thanks, > > Jon Leech > > --------------------------------------------------------------------- > To unsubscribe, e-mail: docbook-apps-unsubscribe@lists.oasis-open.org > For additional commands, e-mail: docbook-apps-help@lists.oasis-open.org > > -- http://chris.chiasson.name/

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