# [OS X TeX] Re: MacOSX-TeX Digest, Vol 51, Issue 28

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 20:38:29 CET 2012

On 1/29/12 22:51:02 -0500, Alain Schremmer<schremmer.alain at gmail.com> wrote:

> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] Re: MacOSX-TeX Digest, Vol 51, Issue 27
> To: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List<macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>
>
> On Jan 29, 2012, at 8:21 PM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>
>> >  That suggests possibilities, e.g., creating LaTeX as usual, using
>> >  some tool (e.g., MathJax) to convert to MathML, which is then
>> >  interpreted by the iBooks format.
> I wondered whether MathJax could somehow be used but I don't think
> that MathJax can convert LaTeX to MathM; What it does is to render
> either one.

Right, MathJax merely renders either one, LaTeX or MathML.

>
> I just tried MathJax after it made the cover of the Notices. It is a
> absolute miracle. You write a two-line script at the top of the page
> and then you write whatever LaTeX you want. And you can often see the
> compilation happening right in front of you since it takes a second
> or so.

I've been watching MathJax in action at stackoverflow.com, where at
times you'll momentarily see some LaTeX markup on-screen which is then
magically transformed into mathematical notation. (I've been seeing it
on the new Mathematica group there.)

The real miracle is that the user needs to do nothing: no browser
plug-in, no installation of special fonts. If the fonts are needed, they