From: Neil Soiffer <soiffer@wri.com>

Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 18:38:07 -0800

Message-Id: <199812030238.AA01998@drizzle.wri.com>

To: thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu

Cc: www-math@w3.org

Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 18:38:07 -0800

Message-Id: <199812030238.AA01998@drizzle.wri.com>

To: thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu

Cc: www-math@w3.org

>I have a few questions for MathML users. Probably the reason for no response so far is that, at this time, there are probably no MathML users yet... > >First of all, let me introduce myself. I am Jason Thomason and I am a >student and work for the Univeristy of Illinois Mathematics Department. > >We offer a distance education program where students can take many >different math classes over the internet. Everything works fine except >for the online quizzes. > >I am looking for a way to be able to write mathematical notation in a >browser. Now, MathML seems to be ideal for this. The only problem is that >I am not sure whaty type of browser to use. Also, should I try to tackle >the code on my own, or should I use an application that will prepare the >code for me? > >Please let me know whatever you can. > >Thank you very much, > >Jason Thomason >thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu I agree with you that MathML is the way to go. However, the tools to use it and the environment that it will work in are still very much in a state of flux. The current state of the tools is, at best, at a "beta" stage [no offense is intended to the authors of these tools who have worked quite hard to get anything to work in a short period of time]. If your time frame in which you need a solution is less than six months, than (IMHO) MathML is *not* a good solution and I don't know what is. If your time frame is greater than a year, than I think it is a good solution and you will see a number of good tools out there for authoring MathML. In between 6 months and a year, you are taking your chances. For a list of MathML tools, see http://www.w3.org/Math/ I hope this info, though maybe not too encouraging, is of some use, Neil SoifferReceived on Wednesday, 2 December 1998 21:38:35 UTC

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