<MATH> implementation (was Re: ISO and HTML)

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 05:11:40 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 05:11:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: <MATH> implementation (was Re: ISO and HTML)
In-Reply-To: <199704130720.DAA13568@fnx.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.SGI.3.95.970413044343.5748D-100000@shellx.best.com>

On Sun, 13 Apr 1997, Abigail wrote:

> ++ Why then not put <MATH> back in. This is a requirement of many of
> ++ us. Its absence is the main reason that 3.2 is inadequate. 
> What's the point of putting <MATH> in? It has been clear that browser
> authors aren't interested in developing MATH support. (Of course not,
> neither commercial websites nor Joe Q. User is interested in it).

We make do with "inline" notation:  2^(1/12) or 2**(1/12) to represent
the twelfth root of two (1.0594630947, the ratio of a musical note's
frequency to the note a semitone below it in the equal-tempered, 12-tone
chromatic scale), for example.

> Putting MATH back in won't change that.

Wouldn't an <applet> be best? All we really need is a Java applet that can
take an inline formula as a parameter, parse it (perhaps with some hints),
and generate a typeset image of the formula, along with a textbox showing
the original inline version for copy+paste purposes. Maybe it could even
toggle between graphic and text display, though I don't know enough about
Java to say whether a paint area and text area could swap positions or not.

    Walter Ian Kaye <boo@best.com>     Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
          Mountain View, CA                         ProTERM, FoxPro, HTML
 http://www.natural-innovations.com/     Musician - Guitarist, Songwriter