[texhax] WYSEEWYG Editors for LaTeX

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Nov 10 16:03:39 CET 2010

On Nov 9, 2010, at 3:13 PM, Paul Stanley wrote:

> What I'd like to know is why LaTeX isn't used in place of html and css on the web.

Interestingly, I asked that same question of Thomas Rokicki (author of dvips and NeXTstep's TeXView.app) at the recent TUG conference in San Francisco.

The bottom line is that Sir Tim Berners-Lee chose TextEdit.app's RTFview as the basis for his worldwideweb.app and that computers of that day simply couldn't swing the processing and storage requirements of composing TeX source on-the-fly (this was back when my NeXT Cube, a 25 MHz 68030 was considered a high-end workstation and a complex page might take tens of seconds to render and there were no free Type 1 math fonts at the time --- the donation of the CM and AMS fonts by Blue Sky and Y&Y was almost a decade in the future).

Fortunately now we have MathML, the Stix Fonts, and various tools which allow one to work towards nicely displaying equations on the web.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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