I started thinking about doing some maths a few days ago. I realised that I needed to write down some equations and I thought LibreOffice Math would probably be up to the job. Expert opinion suggests I was wrong. OO.org did what they do and followed Microsoft’s example. It works but isn’t very pretty.

I’ve learned today that MathML is the webbish way of XML-dialect to describe ‘shape’ and ‘content’ of an equation for display in web pages, so before I go any further down a dead-end, I thought I’d ask: does anyone have any advice to offer? The traditional method is LaTeX add-ons but translation to MathML is now avaialable.

Update: So I don’t waste anyone’s time, I’m trying a Firefox add-in called Firemath that edits MathML

Aside: Trying to find some information this morning, I saw someone asking for translations of the English meta-language in LibreOfice e.g “%pi over 2” into foreign languages and realised that computers normally have no concept of maths as a language, because it depends on relative positional layout of special characters. To the computer, 'real’maths is a natural language it can’t parse.