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Re: why .ps ?
Posted:
Aug 5, 2000 11:58 AM


Gerald A. Edgar wrote:
>> why is most mathematical onlineinformation only available in >> .ps or .dvi encrypted format ??? > >{TeX, DVI, .ps} is the format most often used for electronic >distrubution of mathematical papers.
wouldn't it be easier to create the papers in .txt format ? Maybe it's even often done this way and then they are converted and some additional specifications are added. But then both versions could be put online with no additional work.
>The fact that they are >also online is incidental. The papers were already in >.dvi form and conversion to .ps is routine. They could be put >online with no additional work. > >Probably PDF is currently best for online math.
yet you give no reasons nor do you address my counterarguments. I just found another one:  .ps files / formulas can't be easily integrated in computer programs and it's harder for (future) aiprograms to read them.
>Most of my recent online preprints are available in >PDF > >Perhaps when MathML or other mathematical systems >are included as standard parts of web browsers, that system >will become common.
still another format , sigh.
>> it seems to me , that mathematicians use .ps as an attribute of elitist >> behaviour ; to make it difficult for outsiders to enter their domain. > >That may be a sideeffect, but it is not the purpose.
I guess , it's about 50% ?!?
>Just as 50 years >ago every mathematician was simply assumed to be able to read >French, German, and Italian,
I doubt this. Certainly not _every_ mathematician. And do you think, that this has changed now ? and why ? Is TeX assumed to replace these languages ?
>so today every mathematician is assumed >to use TeX for promulgating his work.
or .ps or .dvi or pdf or MathML or ...
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