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Re: MathML

From: Jason Thomason <thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 20:45:40 -0600 (CST)
To: Neil Soiffer <soiffer@wri.com>
cc: www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.981202204319.117A-100000@cm.math.uiuc.edu>
Well,

Thanks for the info.

I hope to have a solution between june and august, as we would like to
rewrite our quizzes using mathml.  However, longer than that would work.
Our system is fine, but in the long run, we would like to have a good
solution.

Do you think that coding by hand is a good idea.  Then, using an existing
browser?

It may be time consuming, but if I decide to tackle the project this
summer, I may end up coding by hand.

Thanks again,

Jason Thomason
URH 0534 Townsend
1010 W. Illinois St.
Urbana, IL  61801
217-332-4263
thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu

On Wed, 2 Dec 1998, Neil Soiffer wrote:

> >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 Soiffer
> 
Received on Wednesday, 2 December 1998 21:45:42 GMT

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