Why Use SnuggleTeX?
There are a healthy number of tools which have functionality related to SnuggleTeX,
which can make it hard to decide which tool bits fits your given requirements.
Like all tools, SnuggleTeX has its relative strengths and weaknesses that you
- SnuggleTeX was originally developed to support our
Aardvark Content Management System
in order to facilitate the conversion of fragments of LaTeX written by
academics into XML tree branches. Another example of this type of use
might be a kind of LaTeX-based Wiki, where SnuggleTeX could be plugged in and
used at some point in the LaTeX to XHTML conversion pipeline.
- SnuggleTeX is 100% Java with minimal (usually no) dependencies on
other libraries so can be easily integrated into a Java software
development project as a library for converting LaTeX to XML.
- SnuggleTeX can also be used to generate
“legacy” web pages
where mathematical formulae are represented by HTML + CSS (if suitably
simple) and/or images. (This uses the open-source
- SnuggleTeX was not intended to be a standalone tool that you
could throw complete LaTeX documents at and have them converted into web
pages. Other tools do this type of thing very well, such as
- SnuggleTeX supports a pragmatic subset of LaTeX but does not include anything
that is particularly paper- or page-specific. It also currently doesn’t
do cross-referencing or numbering as it could be argued that this is better
done at a higher level. Other tools might therefore be a better fit for these
types of requirements.
- SnuggleTeX’s parser pretends that TeX never happened and may behave slightly
differently to what experienced LaTeX users might expect. Alternatively,
novice LaTeX users will not notice any difference and might actually find the
error messages provided here more helpful!
- SnuggleTeX’s web page outputs are highly configurable and make it relatively
easy to create MathML-enabled pages that will work across a range of
browser platforms. Hooks are available to customise the web page outputs to
more exacting requirements; these require a knowledge of XSLT.
- The new (and slightly experimental) features introduced in SnuggleTeX 1.1.0
for converting LaTeX to Content MathML and Maxima were added for the
JISC MathAssess Project
in order to “understand” responses made by students to test questions. These
features might have applications for similar projects.
- A quick summary on the types of problem that SnuggleTeX (and related
packages) attempt to address can be found in some
slides on conversion of Mathematical Content .