decompile TeX symbols

Here is the best TeX gadget ever: Detexify.

It is basically a decompiler for TeX symbols: you draw them using the mouse and you get back the corresponding TeX markup. It (claims to) supports all of the comprehensive LaTeX symbol list, so that you can avoid browsing through it again and again in the future (and keeping various printed copies of it: at home, in the office, ...).

I've used in the past some other drawing-based search engines, but I've always found them no more than toys. This is the first service that I find very useful based on similar technology. Also, source code is available from GitHub (which is unfortunately down at the time of writing, so I can't check the license ...).

Note that the web interface relies on some HTML5 elements (e.g. canvas), so you'll need recent browsers such as Firefox/Iceweasel 3.5 to use it.

(Thanks to Roberto Di Cosmo that pointed me to the service.)

The software license is MIT (I've checked when the site was up) and it works fine with older browser (firefox 3.0) so html5 is not mandatory.
Comment by Alexandre Dupas Tue 13 Oct 2009 05:52:29 PM CEST
in case you forget to check again or it's still down for you, it's MIT/X consortium
Comment by nion Wed 14 Oct 2009 03:47:47 AM CEST