Re: <math>, <fig>, ... (fwd)

Robert S. Thau (rst@ai.mit.edu)
Tue, 21 May 1996 19:22:16 -0400


From: rst@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 19:22:16 -0400
Message-Id: <199605212322.TAA23239@volterra.ai.mit.edu>
To: brian@organic.com, young@cs.purdue.edu
Subject: Re: <math>, <fig>, ... (fwd)
Cc: www-html@www10.w3.org

Actually, there already is a Java applet which supports display of equations
specified using a syntax pretty close to that of the (now expired) HTML3
<math> proposal --- see http://www.geom.umn.edu/~rminer/jmath/ for details
and examples.

Looking through the examples will also give a feel for some of the drawbacks
of this approach at the present state of the technology --- applets take a
while to download (the promised support for bundling a set of classes into
a compressed zip file should help), and performance isn't that great (which
JIT compilers ought to fix).

Unfortunately, if I'm not mistaken, this particular applet carries
with it the disadvantages of the HTML3 math proposal (in particular,
its equations largely specify presentation, and aren't in a form which
would allow a symbolic math package to manipulate them easily)...

rst