Math Typesetting for the Internet

Including Math Notation in Web Pages

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When faced with the issue of picking an appropriate method of typesetting math for the web, you should take into account your own needs and capabilities, as well as those of your audience. It may help to first ask yourself the following questions:

What do you want to display?
What's the nature of the information you wish to communicate? Do you already have it in electronic form? If so, what kind of file is it? Do you just want to display one isolated math expression, or an entire math paper? How important are exact typesetting, traditional notation, ease of production?

Whom do you want to address?
Who's your intended audience? If you use non-standard notation, will they be able to read it? What level of technological proficiency do you expect of your readers?

Two simple methods
If you are looking for something that doesn't require too much technical knowledge, try one of these. Basic information about math typesetting programs, how to make and use images for the web, plus tips for displaying math with just ASCII characters (nothing fancy).

Advanced methods
If, on the other hand, you are a TeX user, or you don't mind experimenting with special HTML code, or you can count on your audience having a relatively high level of technical expertise, you should consider some of the other methods that are being developed.

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