From: Zbigniew Fiedorowicz <fiedorow@math.ohio-state.edu>

Date: Mon, 05 Jul 1999 19:59:23 -0400

Message-Id: <3.0.3.32.19990705195923.007bf5f0@mathserv.mps.ohio-state.edu>

To: Robert Miner <rminer@geomtech.com>, www-math@w3.org

Cc: fiedorow@math.ohio-state.edu

Date: Mon, 05 Jul 1999 19:59:23 -0400

Message-Id: <3.0.3.32.19990705195923.007bf5f0@mathserv.mps.ohio-state.edu>

To: Robert Miner <rminer@geomtech.com>, www-math@w3.org

Cc: fiedorow@math.ohio-state.edu

At 03:52 PM 7/5/99 -0500, Robert Miner wrote: > > >> The UMI Dissertation Abstracts Service at >> http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations >> has started to "translate" mathematics dissertation abstracts >> from TeX into some very weird markup language on their web pages. >> Here's a sample: >> >> <math> <f> <g>4</g></f> </math> is a complex-valued function such that > >Interesting. I don't recognize it. I can rule out MathML and ISO >12083. It's not OpenMath obviously. Does anybody know what ATI's >math dtd looks like? Whatever possessed UMI to use this format on their web pages? While raw TeX is not that pleasant to read on web pages, most mathematicians are familiar with it and can reconstruct the mathematical semantics. So why did UMI switch from TeX to a format which is unknown even to experts on this group and which is not supported (and never will be) by any software accessible to their subscribers? (Their only advice on their technical support page is to obtain the latest versions of Navigator/Internet Explorer.) Moreover the abstracts are translated from TeX by some buggy software. I don't see how <math> <f> <g>4</g></f> </math> is a complex-valued function can be a valid translation of any meaningful mathematics. In one case, where I have been able to compare their format with the original TeX I see such translation idiosyncracies like $T$ ----> <math> <f> <sc>T</sc></f> </math> $Q$ ----> <italic>Q</italic> Does anyone see the point of this? Zbigniew FiedorowiczReceived on Monday, 5 July 1999 20:00:34 UTC

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