Re: Is c++ only better c ?

James Kanze <>
Thu, 30 Oct 2008 05:36:01 -0700 (PDT)
On Oct 29, 4:28 pm, Juha Nieminen <nos...@thanks.invalid> wrote:

James Kanze wrote:

As an example of what I'm talking about, consider MathML vs.
LaTeX equations, and which one is easier for a human to

Neither are, IMHO, particularly simple.

I didn't ask if either one is particularly simple. I asked
which one is *simpler* for a human to write (and read).

So I answered the relevant question, rather than the irrelevant
one you asked.

The LaTeX equation syntax is *by far* simpler to read and
write by a human.

The point is that neither are designed to be read by a human;
they are designed to be read my a machine in order to generate
output which is read by a human. And even when writing, you're
using a machine to input and view what you are writing. Whether
one is easier or more difficult to write depends more on the
tool being used to write them than it depends on the format
itself. Potentially (although probably not in practice, at
least not yet), MathML would have the advantage here, because
its tool could leverage off the large amount of other XML tools

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