Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 16:26:51 +0000 (GMT) From: malcolm clark <cudax@csv.warwick.ac.uk> To: lilley <lilley@afs.mcc.ac.uk> Cc: Michal Young <young@cs.purdue.edu>, lilley@afs.mcc.ac.uk, Subject: Re: Progress on HTML 3 (acrobat, applets) In-Reply-To: <6535.9511091516@afs.mcc.ac.uk> Message-Id: <Pine.SV4.3.91.951109161439.10253F-100000@crocus> On Thu, 9 Nov 1995, lilley wrote: > > Quite so. Hence my lack of enthusiasm when malcolm suggested acrobat as > a solution to lack of HTML math support. Plus, anyone who has seen parallel > HTML and PDF versions of the same document will appreciate the enormous > difference in file sizes. i think that my hope was that with the link up of netscape and adobe we would have a small window like a present <IMG> which would contain the math fragment then much less has to be shipped around. > > > The issue will be the extent to which the structure of an equation is > > described in a way that makes sense to tools that read html --- provided > > equations have enough structure that one would want to do the sorts of > > things one might do with other structural information in html. > > Phill Hallam-Baker of W3C spoke to me last year about math support in HTML 3 > and the intention at that time was *not* to replicate TeX/LaTeX, which merely > describe pictures of equations. He wanted to describe the equation; so there > was enough info there to drop in intio say a symbolic algebra package or a > graphing program. That does not seem to have happened. > indeed. (merely indeed!) in fact hyperdvi does more than this and has linking within and between documents. see, for example the los alamos e-print archive. exploiting, inter alia, latex's mere cross referencing mechanism). i note that mathcad is touting a new version which incorporates a browser (if i read their advertising bumph aright). if html3 merely managed to describe pictures of equations, it would be doing much more than the draft indicates. if it simply replicates tex/latex, it would enable tens of thousands of documents to be effortlessly incorporated, and save thousands of people from having to learn another (inadequate) notation. malcolm clark tel: (+44) 01203 523365 computing services fax: (+44) 01203 523267 university of warwick url: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/~cudax/egotrip.html coventry, cv4 7al, uk email: m.clark@warwick.ac.uk "none but ourselves can free our minds" r.marley