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Re: MathML to HTML+gif?

From: Robert Miner <rminer@geomtech.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 10:31:06 -0600
Message-Id: <199811121631.KAA31414@wisdom.geomtech.com>
To: fiedorow@math.ohio-state.edu
CC: www-math@w3.org

Our WebEQ software will do 

   HTML + MathML  --> HTML + images

The choice of image format is unfortunately JPEG or PNG, which is less
than ideal, but we have had trouble dealing with Unisys over GIF

Also, WebEQ 2.2 has a number of MathML deficiencies.  WebEQ 2.3 will
be completely MathML 1.0 compliant, though it won't do alignment.  I
know I have been promising our 2.3 release for weeks, but now it
really is close!

> It seems to me that this would be a very useful tool to have as a
> transition to MathML. One could then build cgi-scripts to construct
> dynamic pages, which would either serve the raw MathML or the translated
> HTML+gif depending on the MIME types the client browser indicates it
> will accept.

Yes, I agree this is a very good idea, and easy to implement, at least
with Apache, which I know best amongst Web servers.  Another piece of
WebEQ 2.3 that has been significantly improved is the batch
translator, which is now very much designed to sit on a Web server and
do translations on the fly.  One beta demonstration of this is
available at


This is a modified version of HyperNews, which we are calling the
Scientific Message Board, which allows postings that contain either
MathML or WebTeX (our limited flavor of LaTeX math mode).  Behind the
scenes, WebEQ processes the input and serves up HTML + applets.  It
could easily be modified to server up HTML + images however.


Robert Miner                          http://www.webeq.com
Geometry Technologies, Inc.           email: rminer@geomtech.com
                                      phone: 651-223-2884
Received on Thursday, 12 November 1998 11:30:38 UTC

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