Thoughts on LibreOffice Math

Michael Meeks michael.meeks at
Fri Jul 5 04:07:57 PDT 2013

On Fri, 2013-07-05 at 02:25 +0200, Khaled Hosny wrote:
> GtkMathView developer have always been open to relicensing, he
> relicensed it under LGPL when WebKit was considering it, so license
> issues are the least of my worries.

	Sounds interesting :-) so I had a quick look at the code, and it's
reasonably de-coupled from gtk+, glib, GObject etc. such that we should
be able to get it working without them (AFAICS).

> What I liked about GtkMathView is that it has a fairly complete as a
> MathML 2.0 support, and have a modular architecture to allow plugging it
> into other applications with some support for interactive editing.

	Sure - of course, sharing development with other projects and
participants is (to me) the most attractive piece.

	Having said that - GtkMathView (for all it's apparent non-Gtk-ness ;-)
has had almost no commits recently AFAICS - assuming it's hosted in
GNOME git; four commits back we're in 2011 ;-) I guess in order to
justify another git repository and all the grief of getting commit
rights at GNOME, creating tar-balls for releases, manually maintaining
patches to the code etc. etc. it'd be nice to think there was ongoing
work there :-)

>  The main problem is the complex font setup as it predates OpenType math
> support and had to revert to using TeX fonts. I have been working on
> cleaning up the font support and adding an OpenType backed (that
> eventually should be the only backed), if I ever succeed I'd like to
> look into integrating it in LibreOffice.

	Ok - well avoiding the torture of TeX/Metafont licensing and so on is
clearly important :-) sounds like some nice work; are you doing that on
a branch ?



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