From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 11:23:47 -0500

Message-ID: <48077993.6080809@mit.edu>

To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, www-math@w3.org

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 11:23:47 -0500

Message-ID: <48077993.6080809@mit.edu>

To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, www-math@w3.org

juan@canonicalscience.com wrote: > I have seen W3C official stress and torture MathML pages being fully > rendered in some CSS 2.1 engines. Rendered, or rendered well? >> I have yet to see someone propose CSS that would allow the MathML > equivalent of: >> \left(\sqrt{\frac{1}{2}}\right) >> >> in a reasonable way, complete with stretchy parentheses and square root. > > Not sure what you mean by reasonable. Parentheses are tall enough to enclose the expression, without leaving too much horizontal whitespace. > Are all renderings of roots and > stretchy parentheses from W3C list of MathML [1] software reasonable? I looked at the first 10 or so images that you linked to. They don't exercise this case, really. But I'm not sure why it matters whether _all_ existing MathML packages do a good job of rendering. The point is that they have the option of doing a good job. > About stretchy parentheses, one may obtain good results using CSS rounded > borders That might give you a decent approximation, if your box sizes happen to be just right... > Few years ago it was broadly believed that it was *impossible* to > display math using CSS. People believe a lot of silly things. Especially if you talk about "broadly" as opposed to "by the people who know what they're talking about." > All MathML would be rendered with the future CSS math module. Do you have a reference on this? Because I don't recall this being mentioned anywhere. -BorisReceived on Thursday, 17 April 2008 16:24:31 UTC

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