Epub and mathematics13 Jul 2011
A while ago Martin Fenner had written about the BeyondPDF workshop and released his epub export plugin for wordpress and started the Wordpress For Scientist Google group.
I had joined that group right away and had wanted to do some experiments for a while now. I have been falling in love with wordpress more and more and I will probably switch rather sooner than later. Then last week Lieven le Bruin released some of his posts as PDF and, upon my comments, also experimented with epub. But the discussion on his blog brought back the issue of mathematics in epub.
By the way, I’m also starting another experiment – writing a paper collaboratively using wordpress! This will hopefully mean I can share more experiences. The main tool for this is pandoc – a great tool for document conversion, especially if, like me, you love markdown. Pandoc will eventually help me convert markdown to LaTeX (for the final touches). I’ll write more about that at some other point.
Anyway, today I finally got around to experimenting with epub and wrote the following lines on the google group.
I have been experimenting with Martin’s epub-export plugin and, as a mathematician, can’t really be happy. There seems to be no good way to export mathematics in the sense that I (and most others online) are too used to LaTeX syntax and MathJax these days.
Today, I tried to use this knowledge to create some easy mathematics in epub and testing this with a friend’s iPad.
- MathJax inclusion in the epub file failed. This is unfortunate. The size of the epub increases significantly (and the process takes ages with the 30.000 mathjax files), but from what I understand the file limit is 2GB, not 16MB…
So I have three questions:
- Could anybody try to reproduce this?
- Does anybody have thoughts on the problem of actual inclusion of mathjax?
Thanks for any suggestions! Peter.