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Re: What are your plans for MathML macros?

From: William F. Hammond <hammond@csc.albany.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:52:02 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199810301752.MAA09419@hilbert.math.albany.edu>
To: jjramsey_6x9eq42@yahoo.com
Cc: emj@cnsibm.albany.edu, www-math@w3.org
Yes, the constraints are and always have been (since the March 1995
draft for HTML 3.0 with rudimentary math tagging)

  (1) who has what software.

  (2) who has what fonts already installed.

  (3) what the mass market browswers are willing to do to
      support math and what is reasonable to ask them to do.

  (4) the needs for "smartness" in relation to computer algebra
      systems.

Note, however, that many serious academic authors are not very
interested in (3).

SGML is the best bet for authors to get into XML of whatever kind.
SGML is only for authoring platforms.

What develops here will have an impact on what makes economic
sense for electronic journal publishers.

I would like to see those who want to sell articles at least make
the degraded XML versions free so that the doors of the library
remain open for browsing.  It is also important that the free
versions are smart both for CAS purposes and for indexing and
cataloging.


                                   -- Bill
Received on Friday, 30 October 1998 12:52:09 GMT

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