From: James Ramsey <jjramsey_6x9eq42@yahoo.com>

Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 15:27:27 -0800 (PST)

Message-ID: <19981106232727.19176.rocketmail@send104.yahoomail.com>

To: www-math@w3.org

Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 15:27:27 -0800 (PST)

Message-ID: <19981106232727.19176.rocketmail@send104.yahoomail.com>

To: www-math@w3.org

I thought of another way to attack the problem of making source code containing MathML readable. Recommend, or perhaps even require, MathML equation editors to preface their MathML output with comments that specify what the MathML code means, e.g.: <!--Output of Foo Equation Editor The MathML syntax means: x^2 + 3*x + 5 = 40 x^2 + 3*x + 5 - 40 = 40 - 40 x^2 + 3*x - 35 = 0 --> . . . MathML marked-up eqs . . . This way, even if the MathML code in the source document isn't too readable, the comments can tell the reader of the source what the MathML tags are supposed to say. Also, if the comments are generated by the equation editor rather than typed in by the author directly, it will help insure that the content of the comments actually reflects the content of the MathML, avoiding problems like author typos, forgetting to change the comments when the MathML is reedited, etc. You might have to come up with conventions for how to indicate such things as integration, differentiation, special characters, etc. The conventions could probably be borrowed from eqn, Mathematica syntax, and such. This may not be an optimal solution, but it seems reasonably feasible and relatively easy to do without demanding radical changes from browser software and such. --J. J. Ramsey == ----I am a fool for Christ. Mostly I am a fool.---- _________________________________________________________ DO YOU YAHOO!? Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.comReceived on Friday, 6 November 1998 18:27:14 UTC

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