About IDVI

IDVI is a tool which allows you to present documents on the web, formatted exactly as they are formated by TeX. Here are some examples:
Garth A. Dickie, "A Note on Association Schemes";

A demo of IDVI features;

An example of embedding another applet within the IDVI applet.

The software is currently at version 1.0.

Both IDVI and the IDVI source code are now available for download.


Some on-line documentation is available:
The IDVI User's Guide describes the software which prepares documents for presentation on the web.

The DVI Viewer documentation gives hints on using the display applet. This page is also available from within the display applet, via the ? button in upper right-hand corner of the DVI Controls window.

Notes on IDVI and Java are some notes from a presentation I gave in April of 1996. They briefly describe IDVI, and give my impressions of the Java language and libraries.

Notes on the Design and Implementation of IDVI spells out the design goals for the project, explains the organization of the source code, and presents a list of projects to be undertaken.

Known Problems

The DVI Viewer applet is very slow to download if you are not using Netscape Navigator 3.0, as many individual class files must be downloaded. If you are using Netscape Navigator 3.0, then a single class archive is downloaded. This can make a large difference if you have a slow connection.

The DVI Viewer applet has some display glitches when displayed inside of Netscape Navigator for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Netscape has acknowledged the bug. I have also been informed that the DVI Viewer applet does not display inside of Netscape Navigator for OSF1 running on DEC Alpha.


IDVI was written with the support of the Discrete Mathematics Group at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Euler Institute for Discrete Mathematics, and the Research Institute for Applications of Computer Algebra.

I am also grateful to the Robert Miner and to The Geometry Center, for encouraging me to finish version 1.0 of IDVI, for inviting me to the Geometry Center for a very productive visit, and for providing space for these pages.

Robert Miner's package WebEQ takes a different approach to presenting mathematics on the web, and is probably also of interest to you if you are looking at this page. Go have a look!

Last modified 18 October 1996

Garth A. Dickie / dickie@elastic.avid.com