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Glossary
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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 employs 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 `_
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
machine-readable.
.. seealso::
`MathML Wikipedia entry `_
STIX
The Scientific and Technical Information Exchange font
package. A comprehensive set of scientific glyphs.
.. seealso::
`STIX project `_
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 `_