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Re: Math Markup is too awkward.

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 06:15:27 -0400 ()
To: Nick Sushkin <nsushkin@WPI.EDU>
cc: www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.3.95.970724060836.-484467A-100000@hazel.w3.org>
On Wed, 23 Jul 1997, Nick Sushkin wrote:

> In the form proposed the math markup language is very awkward. One
> perhaps will have to convert from LaTeX and then reedit MMML
> manually. Compare LaTeX syntax to MMML: 
> 
> LaTeX:  (x+2)^2
> 
> MMML:
> 
> <MSUP>
>   <MROW>
>     <MF>(</MF>
>       <MROW> 
>         <MI>x</MI> 
>         <MO>+</MO>
>         <MN>2</MN> 
>       </MROW> 
>     <MF>)</MF>
>   </MROW> 
>   <MN>2</MN>
> </MSUP>
> 
> 
> I don't want to type MMML, no way. It's ridiculous.

You won't have to type MathML directly. There will be a number
of ways to avoid this, e.g. by using a filter from other formats
or using a template editor such as in Word and FrameMaker. W3C's
Amaya browser/editor will include such a feature.

I am working on an easier to write format (EzMath) that can be
used to translate into MathML, e.g.

  (x+2)^2
  integral from 0 to pi of sin ax wrt x
  2nd derivative of f(x) wrt x

Regards,

-- Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett
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