On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 4:12 AM, Aditya Mahajan <adit...@umich.edu> wrote:
>>> In principle a cleaner implementation is possible in luatex (without
>>> using
>>> active characters), but I am not completely sure about this. It will be
>>> better to handle this as part of \mnum macro.
>>>
>> Hm, can you explain this a bit ?
>
> Currently ConTeXt already checks if '.' is part of a complete number or not
> as part of the export macros. For example:
>
> \m{x + 1.25y = 3.5}
>
> exports as
>
>  <m:math
> display="inline"><m:mrow><m:mi>𝑥</m:mi><m:mo>+</m:mo><m:mn>1.25</m:mn><m:mi>𝑦</m:mi><m:mo>=</m:mo><m:mn>3.5</m:mn></m:mrow></m:math>
>
> Notice that 1.25 is part of a single <m:mn> tag.
>
> In contrast, if you use comma as a math delimiter, then the export function
> does not recognize the number correctly.
>
> \m{x + 1,25y = 3.5}
>
> exports as
>
>  <m:math
> display="inline"><m:mrow><m:mi>𝑥</m:mi><m:mo>+</m:mo><m:mn>1</m:mn><m:mo>,</m:mo><m:mn>25</m:mn><m:mi>𝑦</m:mi><m:mo>=</m:mo><m:mn>3</m:mn><m:mo>,</m:mo><m:mn>5</m:mn></m:mrow></m:math>
>
> However, we do have a \mn macro (math number) to tag numbers. So you can
> type
>
> \m{x + \mn{1,25}y = \mn{3,5}}
>
> which exports as
>
>  <m:math
> display="inline"><m:mrow><m:mi>𝑥</m:mi><m:mo>+</m:mo><m:mn>1,25</m:mn><m:mi>𝑦</m:mi><m:mo>=</m:mo><m:mn>3,5</m:mn></m:mrow></m:math>
>
>
> So, if we want to recognize ',' as a decimal separator, two solutions are
> possible in MkIV. The first is to build upon the existing export code that
> recognizes '.' as a decimal separator (to figure out the contents of the
> <mn> tag) to also recognize ',' as a decimal separator;
>
> The drawback of such an approach is that if you are in the habit of not
> adding a space after a comma, for example writing "Let $\naturalnumbers$
> denote the set $\{1,2,3,\dots\}$ of natural numbers..." then you will get
> wrong output.
>
> So, an alternative option is to ask the user to tag all numbers with \mn.
> Then, the \mn{...} macro can redefine the comma so that the spaces around it
> match its use as a decimal separator.
>
> Aditya

ok


-- 
luigi
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