From: Robert Miner <rminer@geomtech.com>

Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 09:33:41 -0600

Message-Id: <199812101533.JAA21445@wisdom.geomtech.com>

To: thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu

CC: www-math@w3.org

Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 09:33:41 -0600

Message-Id: <199812101533.JAA21445@wisdom.geomtech.com>

To: thomason@cm.math.uiuc.edu

CC: www-math@w3.org

Hi Jason, I think there are two main advantages of using a browser like E-Lite with native MathML support are: 1) It displays true HTML + MathML documents, in what I think of as their "archival" format, meaning that you don't have to use technology specific applet tags, or embed tags, etc to launch a MathML viewer. Since I think we can fairly confidently say that mainstream browsers will ultimately also have native MathML support, at that point, people who have created documents using helper technologies like WebEQ and TechExplorer will have a document conversion task on their hands. 2) The math is a lot better integrated into the browser. (Take this with a grain of salt for this initial E-Lite release, since the MathML support still needs some cleaning up). Basically, the equations change size with the surrounding fonts, etc. A third reason why I think ICESoft deserves kudos for adding MathML support to their component library is that it greatly facilitates MathML support in all kinds of embedded Web applications that aren't browsers per se -- kiosks, data mining applications that connect over the Web, all kinds of Web capable devices from cell phones to car navigation systems, etc. This is probably a bigger deal than E-Lite in the long run. --RobertReceived on Thursday, 10 December 1998 10:31:59 UTC

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