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5 Appendix

5.1 Technical information

5.1.1 Which framework was used to create the page?

The website was realized with the open-source framework WebLTX. The necessity to develop a further CMS arose from the fact that at the start of this project there was simply no alternative for the publication of scientific content. The goal was to make publishing scientific-mathematical content on the web as easy as writing an article in LaTeX, which is the standard for more than thirty years.

There are several reasons why LaTeX is so widespread. The most important ones are:
  1. LaTeX separates the content from the layout to a large extent. This means that the author can create the text in any editor of his choice without considering aesthetic aspects.
  2. The input of formulas in LaTeX is extremely simple and efficient and is also done in text form.
  3. LaTeX automatically generates tables of contents, equation numbers, page numbers, bibliographies and links everything together.
The disadvantage of LaTeX is that it is not possible to generate websites, because at the time of LaTeX's invention, the Internet did not exist at all. The output of LaTeX is therefore always a printable document after compilation, nowadays mostly PDF.

The framework WebLTX used here does the same as LaTeX, except that the output is a website. In addition, it has some features that Latex does not have, such as integrated version management. This makes it possible, for example, to quote content via URL without the risk of the quotations becoming invalid over time. This property is indispensable for scientific publications.

The creation of the content is as easy with WebLTX as with LaTeX and is carried out in the text editor in the form of HTML with single PHP calls. However, unlike LaTeX, it does not need to be compiled. A browser refresh makes modified content immediately visible. The code of this page may serve as an example:

0<?php DefChapter('Appendix','Appendix','Anhang')?>
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2<?php DefSection('Technical information','Technical information','etowae8Y')?>
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4<?php DefSubSection('Which framework was used to create the page?','Which framework was used?','Ooph9wee')?>
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6The website was realized with the open-source framework <a href="http://www.webltx.org">WebLTX</a>. The necessity to develop a further CMS arose from the fact that at the start of this project there was simply no alternative for the publication of scientific content. The goal was to make publishing scientific-mathematical content on the web as easy as writing an article in <a href="http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX">LaTeX</a>, which is the standard for more than thirty years.
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9There are several reasons why LaTeX is so widespread. The most important ones are:
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11<li>LaTeX separates the content from the layout to a large extent. This means that the author can create the text in any editor of his choice without considering aesthetic aspects.</li>
12<li>The input of formulas in LaTeX is extremely simple and efficient and is also done in text form.</li>
13<li>LaTeX automatically generates tables of contents, equation numbers, page numbers, bibliographies and links everything together.</li>
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15The disadvantage of LaTeX is that it is not possible to generate websites, because at the time of LaTeX's invention, the Internet did not exist at all. The output of LaTeX is therefore always a printable document after compilation, nowadays mostly PDF.
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18The framework <b>WebLTX</b> used here <b>does the same as LaTeX</b>, except that the output is a website. In addition, it has some features that Latex does not have, such as <b>integrated version management</b>. This makes it possible, for example, to quote content via URL without the risk of the quotations becoming invalid over time. This property is indispensable for scientific publications.
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21The creation of the content is as easy with WebLTX as with LaTeX and is carried out in the text editor in the form of HTML with single PHP calls. However, unlike LaTeX, it does not need to be compiled. A browser refresh makes modified content immediately visible. The code of this page may serve as an example:
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24<?php HighlightSourcecode('0620000_technisches.htm')?>
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26WebLTX is extremely small and compact despite its large functional scope and consists of only about 20 kB of PHP code, which, apart from <a href="http://www.mathjax.org">MathJax</a> for formula representation, does not require any further dependencies and can be installed on virtually any Linux server running PHP. The source code of WebLTX is under the <b>GPL license</b> and can be freely used and enhanced by anyone. Further information on the procurement, use and installation of WebLTX can be found at <a href="http://www.webltx.org">www.webltx.org</a>.
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29<?php DefSubSection('How can I quote?','How can I quote?','eePh0daK')?>
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31Science relies on information being freely and permanently available. Today, durability is mostly ensured by publication in a professional journal. However, the second essential point suffers from this, namely that of free availability, because professional journals usually only make the articles hosted by them accessible against high fees. For a freelance scientist, such as the author, it is therefore practically impossible or at least very difficult to access such information.
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34In other words, something to publish in science does not necessarily mean what the expression "to publish" actually means, namely to make something accessible to the general public. Considering the fact that research is often financed by the public sector, this practice of publishing information alone in closed journals is at least questionable. The author believes that a scientist should define himself primarily by the quality of his work. And this can be assessed much better if its ideas and findings are actually publicly available.
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37The framework used on this website ensures both free accessibility and permanence, because it implements a version management system that supports <b>parmalinks</b> of the form
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39<a href="http://www.quantino-theory.org/index.php?page=29&amp;version=1&amp;lang=de">www.quantino-theory.org/index.php?page=29&amp;version=1&amp;lang=de</a>.
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41The content of these links will not be changed, even if the website is extended or corrected.
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WebLTX is extremely small and compact despite its large functional scope and consists of only about 20 kB of PHP code, which, apart from MathJax for formula representation, does not require any further dependencies and can be installed on virtually any Linux server running PHP. The source code of WebLTX is under the GPL license and can be freely used and enhanced by anyone. Further information on the procurement, use and installation of WebLTX can be found at www.webltx.org.

5.1.2 How can I quote?

Science relies on information being freely and permanently available. Today, durability is mostly ensured by publication in a professional journal. However, the second essential point suffers from this, namely that of free availability, because professional journals usually only make the articles hosted by them accessible against high fees. For a freelance scientist, such as the author, it is therefore practically impossible or at least very difficult to access such information.

In other words, something to publish in science does not necessarily mean what the expression "to publish" actually means, namely to make something accessible to the general public. Considering the fact that research is often financed by the public sector, this practice of publishing information alone in closed journals is at least questionable. The author believes that a scientist should define himself primarily by the quality of his work. And this can be assessed much better if its ideas and findings are actually publicly available.

The framework used on this website ensures both free accessibility and permanence, because it implements a version management system that supports parmalinks of the form
www.quantino-theory.org/index.php?page=29&version=1&lang=de.
The content of these links will not be changed, even if the website is extended or corrected.