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

How are you creating your math? I'm using a computer algebra system
(which is what I use to generate multiple forms of the same equation).
The reason I ask is that if you don't use Mathematica or if you don't
run it on 64 bit Gentoo, then you probably won't experience the same
incompatibilities that I have. Even if you do use a proprietary XSL-FO
processor, you can always switch back to FOP once FOP improves enough.

On 9/19/06, Jon Leech <jon@alumni.caltech.edu> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 02:02:13PM -0500, Chris Chiasson wrote:
> > 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.
>     I'm not attached to FOP, it just seems to be what I see written
> about more than anything else as a PDF generator. But we do need a tool
> that runs on both Windows and Linux, and is free, or at least cheap, for
> users in our standards group.
>     I have found the Docbook toolchain issue very hard to get my head
> around - much more so than Docbook itself. There are many different
> options, all of them have partisans, it's hard to tell what will support
> the particular set of features we're likely to use, both the format and
> the tools are evolving all the time... confusing.
> > 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.
>     I'll take a look at it, but their pricing model may be out of the
> question for us - and I'm reluctant to bind us to a proprietary tool, as
> well. One reason I've been pushing Docbook in our group is that it's an
> open and flexible alternative to Word / Framemaker / etc.
>     Thanks for the suggestions! Hopefully someone has solved the
> imbedded math problem in a robust way we can leverage. If not we may
> have little choice but to stay with our current melange of formats, at
> least until the Docbook tools get better. I'm not going to have much
> luck convincing someone who's been editing an API specification in Word
> that he now has to run a build process on two different operating
> systems, simply to get a publishable document with some equations in it.
>     Jon
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