On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM, federico.urban(a)libero.it
I work as a researcher in physics and I often need to
work on notes or drafts
for scientific papers with people in different places around the world. Most
physicists / mathematicians write their notes and papers in LaTeX, which needs
to be compiled and can be then viewed with a DVI previewer (all this is open
MediaWiki supports math markup with LaTeX, using the <math> tags. It
only supports a whitelist of LaTeX, however, not the full language, to
avoid denial-of-service with trivial infinite-loop macros (or just
inefficient code). The LaTeX is normally displayed as PNG images.
It's not really meant for writing up entire LaTeX documents on the
I was wondering whether there is, or could be, a wiki
for academics, students,
and such, in my field which would allow the co-authors of a paper or notes to
work on it online, including compiling and previewing, with all the nice
features wikis usually have (records of changes, etc). Only the members of the
collaboration should have access to the notes / drafts of course, so in this
sense it isn't a true, open, wiki.
MediaWiki doesn't support fine-grained access control, by design. If
you wanted to use MediaWiki for this, you'd have to set up a separate
wiki for each group of collaborators.
Generally speaking, wikis allow you to write pages in HTML or
something that translates to HTML, not in LaTeX. If you want to
collaborate on full LaTeX documents, you might be better off with a
general-purpose version-tracking system, like git, Mercurial, Bazaar,
Subversion, etc. Like my git repository here:
gitweb isn't the most friendly web interface, though.