# Math Typesetting

amcavoy
In general (not specifically for forums), what are the different math typesettings? I know there is LaTeX, but I have also seen something that looks different on sites such as MathWorld. Does anyone know what it is?

ComputerGeek
probably MathML which is a horrid mess to look at. it is an XML language so it has lots of open and close tags that are nested.

sorry, but I like the much more consice \alpha^2 \times \beta^2 = \gamma^2

$$\alpha^2 \times \beta^2 = \gamma^2$$

Muzza
Mathworld uses Mathematica to typeset its pages nowadays. For some odd reason they downgraded from LaTeX...

amcavoy
Ok thanks. Is Mathematica compatible with Linux?

Wolfram's probably pushing for sales.

Homework Helper
ComputerGeek said:
bleh, MathML is to much syntax for too little return.
Yes, you can't help feeling that the W3C were far more concerned about it looking like their other languages than actually making it easy for mathematicians.

ComputerGeek
Zurtex said:
Yes, you can't help feeling that the W3C were far more concerned about it looking like their other languages than actually making it easy for mathematicians.

What is needed is a LaTeX to MathML converter. then you could have a simple little app that you type out your formula in latex and copy and past the mathML

imabug
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amcavoy
So MathWorld actually went back and changed their articles (from LaTeX to Mathematica sybols)? I could have sworn it looked different a while back...