# [LON-CAPA-users] latex or xhtml in problems?

Ray Batchelor lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:02:33 -0800

Hi Lars,
If having the printout out work is importantant to you, then I
would suggest putting the tex inside <tex></tex> tags and the html inside
<web></web> tags.   I have found, for simple things, using only xhtml  is OK,
but I run into problems when hoping to rely on that alone to produce
something that works and looks reasonable in the printout.
I'm going a little "cool" on the <m> tag.
No doubt, someone will tell me that that is because I don't understand it.

:)

Cheers,
Ray

On October 30, 2002 11:41 am, Lars Jensen wrote:
> What is the cleaner way of writing problems?
> In latex or in xhtml?
>
> Let's say that I have a longer problem with several header tags, lists,
> tables. I have a choice of typesetting these in latex, or in xhtml. What
> should I choose?
>
> One example might be something like this:
>
> -----begin problem text-------
>
> \section*{Problem with a Table}
>
> Here is a table:
>
> {\centering \begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|}
> \hline
> \textbf{a}&
> \textbf{b}&
> \textbf{c}\\
> \hline
> \hline
> A&
> B&
> C\\
> \hline
> \end{tabular}\par}
>
> What is the entry in the first colums, second row?
>
> -----end problem test-------
>
> This problem has a table and some formatting in it. If I include above
> latex code in a pair of m-tags it should will come out fine both on
> a web page and on a printout for the student.
>
> For the web, the same problem could be generated in xhtml code. If I
> wrote the problem in xhtml, though, would it come out nicely (or
> at all?) on a printout?
>
> It seems that the preferred way to problems that contain some formatting
> is with latex. The above latex was written in LyX in less than one
> minute, then I exported the problem text as latex, and pasted it into
> the lon-capa editor.
>
> Any comments on the best way code problems appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Lars.
>
> --
> Lars Jensen, TMCC/Vista B200, 7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno NV 89512-3999.