Math Typesetting for the Internet

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What's the problem?

How hard can it be to communicate about math on the Internet? The truth is, it's a fairly difficult task. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been developing a Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) since 1998. In the meantime, there is no standard method for representing math notation on the Web, and there are many, many choices for doing so, each with its own advantages and drawbacks. While there are fewer methods for communicating about math via email, it's not much easier to work with.

This set of pages is an attempt to clarify the issues around effectively displaying mathematics on the Internet; the goal is to help the reader make the right choice based on his or her particular needs.

For a more exhaustive list, or to find materials that fit your specific needs, search or browse the Editors/Typesetting category in the Forum's Internet Mathematics Library.

Table of Contents

  1. Including Math Notation in Web Pages
    1. Two Simple Methods
      1. Math expressions as images
           How to make math expressions into GIFs
      2. Working within the constraints of HTML code
           Guidelines for using ASCII math notation
    2. Advanced Methods

  2. Including Math Notation in Email Messages or Web Forms
    1. Guidelines for using ASCII math notation
    2. Examples of ASCII math notation
    3. Example: Pictures with ASCII

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