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

Lars Jensen lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:35:44 -0800 (PST)

Hi Ray,

Thanks for the info.

* Is there any documentaion on the <tex> and <web> tags anywhere? I

* Also, what is the difference between the <m> and the <tex> tag?

* Have you got the Printout button to work? (The one in Construction
space.) I can't get to work at all. I can only print with PRT from
the remote control.

There's a bug with the <m> tag, by the way. Please check out:

http://bugzilla.loncapa.org/show_bug.cgi?id=918

Lars.

On Wed, 30 Oct 2002, Ray Batchelor wrote:

> 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.
> >
> > --
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> >
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