[texhax] LaTeX, Webpages, and PDF files

Deyan Ginev d.ginev at jacobs-university.de
Fri Aug 20 00:18:17 CEST 2010

Hi Tom,

There are a lot of answers to your question, as there are different 
applications trying to get the job done in a LaTeX to webpage 
conversion. Some examples:

1. The Digital Library of Mathematical Functions 
(http://dlmf.nist.gov/), a complete revision of Abramowitz and Stegun’s 
Handbook of Mathematical Functions, is written entirely in LaTeX and 
converted to XHTML+MathML via LaTeXML (http://dlmf.nist.gov/LaTeXML/).

2. Zentralblatt Math (http://www.zentralblatt-math.org/zmath/en/) offers 
partial support for "webified" formulas via MathML, produced via Tralics 

3. Many authors rely on the more classical, yet more complete in support 
tools, namely latex2html (http://www.latex2html.org/) and tex4ht 

So, what you choose for converting your LaTeX document to a webpage 
depends on what your particular needs are. Now, I am personally slightly 
biased towards LaTeXML, so I won't try to push my own preferences, but I 
would definitely recommend it ;-)

If I understand correctly your second question, you are asking if you 
can require a compile-to-pdf invocation whenever someone downloads a 
file? Why not keep a static PDF and rerun LaTeX and your choice of a 
LaTeX-to-Web software when you update the file? You can write a simple 
Makefile that does that for you in principle.


On 08/19/2010 11:40 PM, Thomas Jacobs wrote:
> Hi there,
> I have an interdisciplinary question regarding the use of LateX for 
> webpages and the production of .pdf documents. Suppose I wish to 
> create a bunch of faculty resource pages on my website.  I want them 
> easily accessible for faculty desiring a quick answer to something as 
> well as comprehensively available in a .pdf document someone could 
> download to read and study on a more macro basis which would encompass 
> many of the web pages of material.  Is there any way to do this and 
> only maintain the material in one place so one could browse website 
> pages or hit a button and download a .pdf file?  I know how to do the 
> latter in LaTeX but am unfamiliar with using LaTeX to generate web 
> pages.  If one can do this, is it better to compile the .pdf documents 
> every time the page material is updated or is there a way to have the 
> webpage be smart enough to compile the material into a .pdf document 
> whenever someone wishes to download?  Thanks for any thing anyone 
> could recommend.  If anyone has good resources for creating web pages 
> with LaTeX (assuming that is not nonsensical), that would also be 
> appreciated.
> Sincerely,
> Tom
> -- 
> Thomas Jacobs, FRM, PRM, PhD
> Assistant Professor of Finance
> Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
> DePaul University
> (312) 362-6039 (W) (630) 640-9294 (C)

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