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[whatwg] Mathematics in HTML5

From: Michel Fortin <michel.fortin@michelf.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 11:16:43 -0400
Message-ID: <AC99A90E-BF5C-4B62-932F-78ED171ACC94@michelf.com>
Le 2 juin 2006 ? 9:21, James Graham a ?crit :

> White Lynx wrote:
>
>> So far people mentioned radicals and glyph shaping/kerning.
>
> Another obvious issue is stretchy characters like integral signs  
> and brackets. Is the CSS model poerful enough to allow for this? If  
> not, the mosel needs to improve.

I'm pretty sure that with SVG and CSS 3 border-image[1] it wouldn't  
be too hard to have professional looking scalable radicals,  
integrals, and brackets. Matrix would be taken care of by inline  
table, faction with inline blocks.

What could prove a little harder is positioning of integral  
endpoints, as well as lower and upper bounds of summation and product  
symbols, without resorting to awkward markup.

But it'd certainly be a lot easier for browser implementors to add  
some math-specific CSS properties for the missing parts than to  
create a full MathML implementation.

  [1]: http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-css3-background-20050216/#the- 
border-image


Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com
http://www.michelf.com/
Received on Friday, 2 June 2006 08:16:43 UTC

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