[luatex] another mlist callback

Frank Kuehnel kuehnelf at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 17:45:50 CEST 2011

Le 11/10/2011 02:13, Frank Kuehnel a écrit :
> I recently started playing with LuaTex to see whether it is suitable for addressing the following problem:
> For every math formula in a document I'd like to generate an equivalent content MathML expression and write
> it out into a separate file. Content MathML doesn't require any style elements.
> I thought the mlist_hlist callback function may be suitable for this task. However, I couldn't find any suitable
> examples on how to use the mlist_to_hlist callback. I also looked briefly into the code base: "texmath.w".
> Here, it seems like that the after_math function could neatly implement another mlist related callback, right after
> the call to the fin_mlist routine (line 2249). The proposed callback function would take an mlist as the argument and return
> either the same mlist or a modified mlist, which would then be processed into an hlist.
> I just put out this idea for discussion to see whether somebody else has a better idea?

You can do that directly in mlist_to_hlist, which should host a function 
that does what is described in Appendix G of the TeXbook -- so, no small 
task, but fortunately the function already exists in LuaTeX: 
node.mlist_to_hlist. So you can do whatever you want to your mlist and 
then pass it to node.mlist_to_hlist and return the result.

I hope this answer your question. I'll admit I didn't see the necessity 
of a new callback here.


Thank you Paul, that is indeed an elegant solution!

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