Aryeh Gregor wrote:
When I load their homepage, the formulas don't
appear for about two
seconds of 100% CPU usage, on Firefox 4b9. And that's for two small
formulas. I'm not impressed. IMO, the correct way forward is to work
on native MathML support -- Gecko and WebKit both support it these
days, and Opera somewhat does too. I'm sure the support is a bit
spotty, but if Wikipedia used it (even as an off-by-default option)
that would surely drive a lot of progress. These days (with the
deployment of HTML5 parsers) it can be embedded directly into HTML,
it's not limited to XML.
Looking at http://www.mathjax.org/demos/tex-samples/
it may indeed take
a couple of seconds to convert from TeX to the graphical view, but
without 100% CPU usage or looking "blocked". I'm not using 49b but
3.6.12, though. I see a similar result in chromium.
A disadvantage is that the showing the formula needs to reposition the
content, instead of reserving the space in advance.