Almost 40 years ago, Donald Knuth released the first version of TeX, a typesetting system intended to simplify book publishing. A nice offshot of his goal was the creation of a new syntax that expressed mathematical equations in text. Through the evolution into LaTeX, Knuth’s language for representing math has become the standard and is used in academic papers across a variety of disciplines.
The rise of the internet produced new ways of expressing math in a browser. Instead of writing out TeX equations, MathML was conceived as a markup language to render math equations. The syntax of MathML was based in XML, much like regular HTML. Yet, after two decades, MathML didn’t catch on in the same way TeX did. A combination of poor browser support for MathML and the proliferation of simpler markup languages such as Markdown allowed for much easier exporting to HTML.
This talk explores newer sever-side techniques that are fast, secure, and accurate in their transformation of TeX for the web. This talk will cover:
Garen Torikian wants to help make the world a better place for humans and other sentient beings on Earth. He’s been programming ever since he learned how to make GIFs for his GeoCities website in the late ’90s. Garen writes, writes documentation, and writes tooling to help people who write documentation. He was a reader of books long before he was a writer of code. You can find him almost anywhere on the Internet by the handle @gjtorikian.
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