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# Glossary

.. glossary::

AsciiMath
A notation for mathematics that uses characters commonly
available on all computer keyboards to represent the math in
an algebra-like syntax that should be intuitive and easily

.. seealso::

AsciiMath home page <http://www1.chapman.edu/~jipsen/mathml/asciimath.html>_

Callback
A JavaScript function that is used to perform actions that
must wait for other actions to complete before they are
performed.

Callback Queue
MathJax uses Queues to synchronize its activity so that
actions that operate asynchronously (like loading files) will
be performed in the right order.  :term:Callback functions
are pushed onto the queue, and are performed in order, with
MathJax handling the synchronization if operations need to
wait for other actions to finish.

Callback Signal
A JavaScript object that acts as a mailbox for MathJax events.
Like an event handler, but it also keeps a history of
messages.  Your code can register an "interest" in a signal,
or can register a :term:callback to be called when a
particular message is sent along the signal channel.

HTML-CSS
MathJax output form that relys only on HTML and CSS 2.1,
allowing MathJax to remain compatible across all browsers.

jax
MathJax's input and output processors are called "jax", as is
its internal format manager.  The code for the jax are in the
MathJax/jax directory.

LaTeX
LaTeX is a variant of :term:TeX that is now the dominant TeX style.

.. seealso::

LaTeX Wikipedia entry <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX>_

Markdown
A text format commonly used in blogs and wikis for creating
web pages without the need for complicated markup notation.
It is intended to be an easy-to-read and easy-to-write format
that still gives you the ability to specify a rich text result
(including things like bold, italics, bullet lists, and so
on).

.. seealso::

Markdown home page <http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/>_

MathML
An XML specification created to describe mathematical
notations and capture both its structure and content. MathML
is much more verbose than :term:TeX, but is much more

.. seealso::

MathML Wikipedia entry <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MathML>_

STIX
The Scientific and Technical Information Exchange font
package. A comprehensive set of scientific glyphs.

.. seealso::

STIX project <http://stixfonts.org/>_

SVG
Acronym for Scalable Vector Graphics.  SVG is a graphics
format that allows images to be described as a collection of
graphics objects (like lines, rectangles, etc) rather than as
a bitmap of colored pixels.  MathJax can use this format to
display mathematics as an alternative to its HTML-CSS or
NativeMML output.

.. seealso::

SVG Wikipedia entry <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scalable_Vector_Graphics>_

TeX
A document markup language with robust math markup commands
developed by Donald Knuth in the late 1970's, but still in
extensive use today.  It became the industry standard for
typesetting of mathematics, and is one of the most common
formats for mathematical journals, articles, and books.

.. seealso::

TeX Wikipedia entry <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TeX>_


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