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LaTeX to MathML:
The Answer to the Archival Storage of Mathematical Literature

Date: Thursday July 15, 2004 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lees Kubota Hall, Guggenheim Bldg #45


Today, the majority of mathematical literature is originated by authors in TeX. The output is invariably good, but TeX is not a good medium for archiving the material, as it is too flexible. But if the code is written with some care, so that it keeps some of the structure of the document, then it can be converted automatically into XML/MathML and back into Latex again. The MathML is ideal for archiving and "future-proofing" the manuscript.

Dr. Kaveh Bazargan will demonstrate how River Valley Technologies performs this process for publishers such as Elsevier. The translation filters are written using free software.

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Sponsored by: Caltech Library System


Kaveh studied physics at Imperial College, London, and obtained the first PhD in display holography. He developed the first compact viewer for holograms, and his work is exhibited at the Science Museum, London, and the MIT museum of holography. In 1988 he got interested in electronic publishing and started a company to use TeX commercially. His company is now based in India and they work for publishers like Institute of Physics and Elsevier.