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Re: MathML in Netscape 7.0

From: Roger B. Sidje <rbs@maths.uq.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 05:24:47 +1000
Message-ID: <3D6FC67F.A6921C01@maths.uq.edu.au>
To: Paul Libbrecht <paul@activemath.org>
CC: www-math@w3.org, mozilla-mathml@mozilla.org

MathML wasn't yet enabled on the Mac at the time Netscape7 
was being bundled & packaged for shipping and handling.
That's why I said that the enabling came too late -- after
Netscape7 had already gone to press, so to speak.

The installer doesn't have the necessary fonts. When users 
visit a page with MathML for the very first time, they are
prompted about missing math fonts, and an URL is provided
where they can download these fonts:
screensoht: http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=71830
Not the panacea, but a simple trade-off that has been working
remarkably well for mainstream usage. Also, some licenses (e.g.,
Mathematica) don't allow redistributing the fonts.

(Note: the prompt is one-time -- once per session. Users can block
it by tweaking their prefs as I documented earlier in another post.
But this should be reserved to the problematic cases. Why would
one want MathML without the fonts?)
---
RBS

Paul Libbrecht wrote:
> 
> Has anyone tested on Macs ?
> I'm hearing messages on webmath@camel.math.ca that this may be not the
> case of Macs...
> 
> Ah... I tested and... they just did not include it on Macs:
> 
> > XML Parsing Error: undefined entity
> > Location:
> > http://pear.math.pitt.edu/mathzilla/Examples/markupOftheWeek.mhtml
> > Line Number 78, Column 42:apers <a href="./DynHieruni.xml">1</a>
> > &nbsp; <a
> 
> Paul
> 
> PS: does the Netscape 7 installer, on other platforms, include all the
> necessary fonts (or maybe include it in some way in the browser)
> 
> On Vendredi, août 30, 2002, at 12:16 , Max Froumentin wrote:
> > Thanks to everyone on this list who helped convince Netscape to
> > include MathML display in 7.0. And of course thanks to Roger for
> > making it possible.
> >
> > From: "Roger B. Sidje" <rbs@maths.uq.edu.au>
> > To: mozilla-mathml@mozilla.org
> > Subject: MathML in Netscape 7.0
> >
> > 7.0 is out, with MathML (albeit Netscape is quiet about it -- as usual).
> > It is stable and fassst... Finally a browser worthy of recommendation
> > and wide installation as a default browser in the academic world. All
> > platforms, although the enabling of MathML on the Mac came late.
> >
> > Buzz:
> > http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/default.jsp
> >
> > Quick link to download on Windows:
> > http://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/english/7.0/windows/win32/NSSetup.exe
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