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Re: Review of WWW Mathematics Browsers, MathML and HTML.

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 15:04:16 GMT
Message-Id: <199812211504.PAA12968@nag.co.uk>
To: hammond@csc.albany.edu
CC: www-math@w3.org

> I have decided that there are only 62 characters, namely
> [0-9][A-Z][a-z] that I completely trust in every situation. 

You are a native English speaker, aren't you.

To be honest I don't see that the benefits that you give for using
elements over entities for characters (not all of which I would agree
with anyway) would outway the fact that it would greatly complicate the
DTD to have thousands of elements explicitly allowed as content of each
of the (current) leaf elements such as mo.

For example
4.  I may decide that I do not want to rely on a browser to
    provide the string "alpha" in red when it cannot handle it.

whether the thing is an entity or an element, the browser will have to
have some fall back code for what to do if it can not display that
symbol. Whether or not it offers the human reader a way to customise
that behaviour doesn't seem to me to depend too much on what the markup
for the character is.

David

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Received on Monday, 21 December 1998 10:05:36 GMT

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