Re: TeXmacs support for book discussions
2007-01-01 22:34:05 GMT
That's a Interesting Idea. I imagine one of the problems would be getting enough people making comments for it to be usefull. If you get something going, you could try to maximize your "market" by making your first book to be one of the books that has their full content online such as
http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/ . (that particular book is a very popular computer science book that uses scheme (which might even help peoples texmacs skills :) (ok, technically computer science isn't a science, but you get my point. heh))
Hmm, on second thought, since people have to have texmacs installed, maybe starting with the texmacs users manual would be interesting.
I think TeXmacs could be helpful in building a system for discussion
of scientific books.
To avoid copyright issues, only a small fraction of a book would be
made public, perhaps just the section headings and formulas. TeXmacs
could include a feature to do something like this automatically. The
output would preserve the same formatting/spacing/pagination etc. so
that page numbers match between both book versions.
People could then have discussions to try to better understand a book
that is made available in this way. The discussions could be done
using TeXmacs and linked to the relevant book sections/formulas. One
could even print out the discussion version of the book (which
includes the discussions) for study offline.
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