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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Docbook + MathML "state of the art"?
>> You seem interested in FOP, because it is free. FOP (and XEP) are only >> going to output something that looks like math if a program in your >> tool chain either rasterizes the math (as PNG) or vectorizes it into >> SVG (and even then I dunno if FOP handles SVG - I think it has to go >> through rasterization in Batik first). SVG Math, an open source python >> script, can turn MathML into (basline adjusted) SVG. Indeed Fop uses Batik to handle SVG, but it doesn't rasterize them; meaning that for vectorial output formats like PDF the SVG will be rendered using vectorial drawing operators. As for MathML rendering, there is a plugin named JEuclid  which renders MathML to SVG, which then is processed by Batik. It had been abandoned for a while but I think the development has restarted. The whole chain may still lack a bit of maturity, but for simple enough formulas this may already work well. I haven't tried myself. HTH, Vincent  http://jeuclid.sourceforge.net/