Re: Progress on HTML 3 (acrobat, applets)

malcolm clark (cudax@csv.warwick.ac.uk)
Thu, 9 Nov 1995 16:26:51 +0000 (GMT)


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>
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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.

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