From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 18:41:56 -0400

Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19970724184156.0089eaa0@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>

To: www-math@w3.org

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 18:41:56 -0400

Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19970724184156.0089eaa0@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>

To: www-math@w3.org

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- At 08:47 AM 24/07/97 -0400, Dave Raggett wrote: >On Thu, 24 Jul 1997, Liam Quinn wrote: > >> If this is the case, why was it decided to go with a markup >> approach to math? Wouldn't it have been simpler to have browsers >> interpret the easier- to-write format? Is there any reason why >> the notation of MINSE [1] was not used as a base on which to >> build? > >MathML was designed for simple processing by machine. You can think >of it as a low level communications layer between applications that >render or manipulate mathematical expressions. For further details >see http://www.w3.org/Math/ I find your explanation acceptable, but the information at the URL you cited seems to indicate different goals: >>>>Quote>>>> HTML Math must be simple enough to enter elementary expressions by hand. <<<<End Quote<<<<URL:http://www.w3.org/Math/Activity.html> >>>>Quote>>>> Overall goals of the group To develop an open specification for math to be used with HTML that: Is suitable for teaching, and scientific communication; Is easy to learn and to edit by hand for basic math notation, such as arithmetic, polynomials and rational functions, trigonometric expressions, univariate calculus, sequences and series, and simple matrices; <<<<End Quote<<<<URL:http://www.w3.org/Math/charter.html> The goals of MathML seem to emphasize the ability to easily edit documents by hand, but the results seem to leave this goal neglected. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP for Personal Privacy 5.0 Charset: noconv iQB1AwUBM9faMw/JhtXygIx1AQGAlwL+INB4yW9V6ivDLcfRd0tkFQ56VFrp1bxG mBry7fEGb5WGkwYDVkd7chxdAinzQmNzNgGI3jpcz8m7hSKLk8RTcvNiOnsqYQJS eswgq2SVRKcTER+ahnQydZ27bz0oGG8H =It+z -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- Liam Quinn =============== http://www.htmlhelp.com/%7Eliam/ =============== Web Design Group Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development http://www.htmlhelp.com/ http://enhanced-designs.com/ ====== PGP Key at http://www.htmlhelp.com/%7Eliam/pgp.html =====Received on Thursday, 24 July 1997 18:41:20 GMT

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