On 7/13/06, Volker Haas
Robert Scott Horning wrote:
I am curious how you plan to compile these books
in a format that looks
good on paper and not strictly as a web format. While this can be
automated to an extent, I do think there are some issues that come from
trying to move content from a web format to a printed page, and not all
of these can be completely automated.
As you have pointed out, an automatic conversion of html (or mediawiki
markup) into latex can not be automated in a way that the book is
As I've mentioned before, I'd love to see a Wikimedia project which
does exactly this. Then the latex could be edited collaboratively to
make things more "absolutely perfect". It's nice to see it's at least
somewhat possible, though I'd say the quality of the previews right
now is fairly low.
While this is something that perhaps should be moved to the tech list,
I'm curious about what the user interface of something like this ought
to look like if we did something like this?
MediaWiki software certainly is capable of storing and retrieving raw
ASCII text, and perhaps we could throw another "tab" that would be an
editable LaTeX version of the content that could also be "regenerated"
from the Wiki markup content. This would be another independent page
with edit histories, like the talk page.
Other kinds of options might be available, but the user experience would
have to be smooth and consistant with other aspects of editing Wikimedia
I like the idea too, and might want to get involved with trying to put
Robert Scott Horning