upload (new version of) mimetex.zip to ftp.tex.ac.uk

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Dec 5 15:12:50 CET 2002

John Forkosh writes:

>  As per your README.uploads instructions...
>    + what you've uploaded
>         mimetex.zip
>         (version 1.00, to replace support/mimetex/mimetex.zip)
>    + which CTAN node you've uploaded to
>         ftp.tex.ac.uk
>    + where you want the files to go
>         support/mimetex
>              Please REPLACE all existing files (mimetex.zip and README) in
>        support/mimetex (please  unzip mimetex.zip README  and place
>        this separate copy of README "alongside" mimetex.zip in the
>        support/mimetex directory)
>    + what licensing conditions you apply to your software
>         GNU GPL
>    + brief summary of what your upload is intended to do.
>         Bug fix and new features.
>         From the original submission...
>              MimeTeX parses LaTeX math expressions, emitting either
>         mime xbitmaps or gif images of them, which can be used in html
>         documents in the form, e.g.,
>           <img src="../cgi-bin/mimetex.cgi?f(x)=\int_{-\infty}^x~e^{-t^2}dt"
>            border=0 align=absmiddle>
>         This allows you to embed math directly in html, reducing
>         the need for lots of external gif images, and making your html
>         documents more readable and easily maintained.  See
>                 http://www.forkosh.com/mimetex.html#examples
>         for examples demonstrating mimeTeX's features and usage.
>              MimeTeX isn't primarily meant for latex2html-like tasks
>         where you're maintaining native LaTeX documents that are later
>         redistributed in several formats, including html.  Rather, mimeTeX
>         is primarily meant to help maintain native html documents containing
>         math.  In this sense it's a kind of "lightweight" alternative to
>         MathML, with the advantage that mimeTeX preserves LaTeX syntax.
>              Similar non-MathML packages, like textogif and gladTeX,
>         require setup procedures that use TeX to help generate external
>         gif (or png) images of your equations, which are later included
>         in your html document as it's being rendered.  MimeTeX, as far
>         as I know, is the only such non-MathML package that has its
>         own built-in parser and rendering engine, entirely independent
>         of TeX, and therefore requires no setup procedure or external
>         images whatsoever.  It renders realtime, on-the-fly images
>         directly from your LaTeX math embedded in html documents.

i've installed the files as required.  thanks for the upload.

Robin Fairbairns

For the CTAN team

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