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Re: [MathOnWeb] call for comments -- directions for 2018

From: Arno Gourdol <arno@arno.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:44:33 +0000
Message-ID: <CAGRYSkPTvcwWu9=LxW6enjgLxs37OitLPoHGLfYV0Uxbp7PWPw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Peter Krautzberger <peter@krautzource.com>
Cc: mathonweb <public-mathonwebpages@w3.org>
On Jan 12, 2018 13:47, "Peter Krautzberger" <peter@krautzource.com> wrote:

1. what topics would you like the group to focus on in 2018?

I'd like the group a workstream focused on proposing and advocating
solutions that would plug the holes in the current web standards and their
implementation by browser vendors that would make rendering and editing
math easier with the web platform.

Personally, I don't think that MathML is the solution. I would rather see
CSS and ARIA improved. This would be a less significant effort from a
standard and implementation point of view, while providing a more flexible

Specifically, I would like to see support in CSS for stretchable fences and
notations, features which are currently difficult/impossible to implement

A workstream about machine readable representation of mathematical
notation, for the purpose of computation, alternate renderings, etc...
would be a useful topic as well. In this context, I'm not considering
something that would necessarily need to be implemented by browsers, but
something that could be used to foster interchange between software. This
could be MathML, Latex, Wolfram, or some form of ASCIIMath (or maybe more
than one of those).

2. what directions do you want/hope/wish/expect to see take shape in 2018?

The browser vendors moving away from MathML and instead providing the
necessary support in CSS, ARIA or other broader standards.

Any improvements made in MathML support would not help my goal to provide
editable math in the browser, unless browsers implement not only rendering,
but editing, which I think is unlikely. On the other hand, improvements in
CSS and ARIA could benefit any number of existing renderers and editors,
including MathJax, MathLive, katex and more...

3. what organizational changes would you like to see?

I'm not sure if we're all on the same page regarding our goals. It's
difficult to make progress on getting this alignment with the weekly conf
call. I would suggest we try to organize a F2F ta would take place over a
couple of days so we can try to make more progress on getting aligned and
agreeing on a strategy that we could then implement and discus the rest of
the year via the regular conf call.

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