upload of mimetex.zip to ftp.tex.ac.uk

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Oct 31 11:08:05 CET 2002

John Forkosh writes:

>    + what you've uploaded
>         mimetex.zip
>    + which CTAN node you've uploaded to
>         ftp.tex.ac.uk
>    + where you want the files to go
>         support/mimetex   (README is the first file in the mimetex.zip
>                            archive, which you may want to keep a separate
>                            copy of alongside mimetex.zip)
>    + what licensing conditions you apply to your software
>         GNU GPL
>    + brief summary of what your upload is intended to do.
>         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>
>         allowing you to embed math directly in html, which reduces
>         the need for lots of external gif images and makes your html
>         documents more readable and easily maintained.
>              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 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.
>              You can think of mimeTeX as kind of a lightweight MathML,
>         with somewhat less functionality but also with fewer requirements.
>         MimeTeX's syntax is very TeX-like, requiring only a short learning
>         curve (maybe 30 minutes) for a LaTeX-aware user to learn the
>         occasional exceptions.  And mimeTeX should work with almost any
>         (graphical) browser and server.

thanks for the (interesting-looking ;-) upload.  i've installed it as

Robin Fairbairns

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