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Re: New accent modifier types?

Dear Joe,

   As the AMS discovered many years ago, TeX is the best, and possibly
the only way to get reliable control over displays of equations with
subscripts and superscripts, and to manage such subtle issues as
kerning.  I would recommend a careful reading of Knuth's books
on TeX and Metafont.

   Regards,
     Herbert


At 2:37 PM -0400 3/16/07, Joe Krahn wrote:
>Brian,
>
>I don't understand the MIME arguments that well, due to not having
>worked with publication oriented CIF at all; I am in macromolecular
>crystallography.
>
>In general, how is MIME with a TeX component any different from the
>current %T hack, except that it also included a simple ASCII
>approximation? It sounds like you are considering how to expand the
>usage beyond the current %T usage.
>
>I think that the only way to get good publication quality output is to
>generate a result that is based on vector-graphics. Maybe SVG format
>will work for the basic page layout, as well as for things like
>equations. SVG is XML based, and can deal with things like embedded
>objects and hyperlinks. There are even existing mechanisms for including
>bitmap images in the text stream.
>
>Anyhow, how does this all relate to MIME in CIF as good or bad? If there
>is a TeX equation within a CIF file, this can be used directly for
>publication purposes only if there is a parent document somewhere
>defining the layout in which to render that equation. Should this be in
>the CIF file as well? If so, MIME would allow the parent document to
>exist both as plain text and SVG/HTML/whatever.
>
>Joe
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