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Re: What are your plans for MathML macros?

From: Ian Hutchinson <hutch@psfc.mit.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 15:26:47 -0500 (EST)
To: James Ramsey <jjramsey_6x9eq42@yahoo.com>
cc: www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.981030150903.6548C-100000@silas.psfc.mit.edu>
Let's try and bring some clarity here.

The issue: 	MathML is too verbose and complicated to author directly.

One Suggestion:	Extend MathML to include simpler-to-author macros or
		add-ons interpreted by the browser.
Comment: That amounts to discarding MathML as the standard for
	communication in favor of the simpler authoring language. 
	Sounds like a disastrous recipe for confustication.
Better approach: Generate STANDARD MathML by translation from a language
	in which authoring mathematics is relatively easy. TeX is the
	natural choice, and means that only one source file would be
	necessary, though naturally the MathML version would be the 
	web-published version.
	MathML editors are also a reasonable approach.
	Ensure that browsers NATIVELY render MathML (not yet done) so that
	no specific renderer has to be installed or downloaded.
Current Problems: No standard has been set for including MathML in HTML.
	No complete MathML renderers are freely available.

The Point: If MathML is adopted as the standard, it MUST be the basis for
	communication even if documents are authored by other means.
	Publishing in other forms amounts to rejection of the standard.

	Ian Hutchinson, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT. 
	http://cmod.pfc.mit.edu/~hutch/home.html
Received on Friday, 30 October 1998 14:31:11 GMT

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