WWW Scientific Publishing

(techexplorer logo)

Robert S. Sutor

Mathematical Sciences Department

IBM Research Division

T.J. Watson Research Center

Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 USA

Introduction

- IBM's
**techexplorer Hypermedia Browser**formats and displays expressions and documents containing mathematical and scientific markup. **techexplorer**can help authors and publishers effectively extend the commercial reach of their articles, books, and journals by making them available on the Internet.- The first product available that uses this technology is a no-charge Netscape Navigator plug-in for Windows 95 and Windows NT.
- The Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd. is using a version of the stand-alone
edition of
**techexplorer**as the user interface for its new AXIOM for Windows product. - Unlike PDF or plain TeX and DVI solutions, at all times we understand the document structure and not just the output format.
- When it was in its initial development,
**techexplorer**was called*Saturn.*

Technology and project goals

- High quality rendering of a large subset of TeX and LaTeX, plus AMS-TeX and AMS-LaTeX.
- Extensions for multimedia and electronic publishing.
- Tools for the production of documents optimized for electronic publication.
- Editions for multiple document delivery and operating system platforms.
- Inclusion of third-party document components.
- Inclusion of mathematical objects with structure and semantics.
- Use as a general purpose front-end for multi-step interactive scientific applications.
- Wide-spread use of core technology with multiple language parsers.

Potential markets

- Publishing
- Education
- Research
- Engineering
- Economics

Where we would use OpenMath

- Display of documents containing usable math objects:
- Journals
- Technical reports
- Text books and distance learning
- Student homework
- Transmission of objects via drag-and-drop and the clipboard.
- Intermediate format for communicating with multiple back-ends.
- Note that we have proprietary solutions for each of the above.
- We want to avoid multiple conversion formats:
**techexplorer**to AXIOM**techexplorer**to Maple**techexplorer**to Lotus 123

A problem

*With or without the OpenMath effort,
there will soon be math standards for HTML and SGML.*

- Moreover, TeX allows the expression of all the information in an OpenMath object.
- The OpenMath Consortium needs to
- influence the other standards efforts (quickly),
- provide TeX macros that allow for visual formatting and semantic content, and
- provide filters to and from the other formats (these may lose information or require additional analysis).
- It is likely that
**techexplorer**will need to add support for HTML Math, SGML Math, and OpenMath-enriched TeX.

Our needs regarding OpenMath

- Non-conversational ASCII representation.
- Must be high bandwidth and not require onerous conversion or loss of type information.
- Visual formatting information.

*27 July, 1996.*

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