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April 28, 2006

Leitner in the Darkness

Frederick Leitner, a mathematician at Ben Gurion University has been doing some interesting stuff on the MathML front.

  1. He’s ported my itex2MML plugin for WordPress to WordPress 2.0. Frankly, I’ve been a little disappointed in the evolution of WordPress. (It seems to have slipped severely in its XHTML support, and there doesn’t seem to be much prospect of delivering on many of my other desiderata.) So, after unsuccessfully mucking around a bit when the 2.0 release came out, I kinda lapsed in my support for the plugin. It’s great to see that Frederick has taken up the ball.
  2. He’s ported my Numeric Entities plugin to WordPress.
  3. He’s got a WordPress plugin which attempts to process the TeX in the arXiv RSS feeds into MathML. It doesn’t seem to work too well, but — like Samuel Johnson’s quip about a dog walking on its hind legs — it’s amazing that it works at all.
  4. He’s even got MathML support enabled in Thunderbird. Given my previous tests, I’d be kinda surprised if that sufficed to get Thunderbird to render a MathML-laden Atom feed.

He even does the occasional interesting bit of mathematical blogging. Which reminds me: I ought to do a bit more posting hereabouts.

Posted by distler at April 28, 2006 11:52 PM

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