From: William F Hammond <hammond@csc.albany.edu>

Date: 24 Jul 2002 09:43:01 -0400

To: W3C MathML Discussion <www-math@w3.org>

Message-ID: <i7ptxdnswq.fsf@hilbert.math.albany.edu>

Date: 24 Jul 2002 09:43:01 -0400

To: W3C MathML Discussion <www-math@w3.org>

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Michael John Haag <mjhaag@owlnet.rice.edu> writes: > I was just wondering if anyone has considered the use of statistics in > MathML. In particular we are looking at marking-up functions such as > autocorrelation, probablity density/distribution functions, etc... Has > anyone considered implementing these functions and other STAT notation > correctly in MathML via Csymbols or some sort of "statML?" If you're looking for ways to extend what is presently available for present use, an answer will depend on the method used to create your content. With GELLMU one can sketch future document type names in terms of present names using \newcommand and then once the new names become available, one has the option of backing out the newcommands while leaving their calls. However, at this stage I know no comfortable document type for authors. Writing xhtml+mathml itself is only less painful with gellmu than writing it raw. That could go away quickly if somebody had the energy to write a translator from gellmu article to xhtml+mathml with good guidelines about when an author needs to provide invisible logical groups and what attributes should be used where. (Meanwhile the article to classic-html formatter does, I think, a reasonable job of handling math accessibly. For example, w3m seems to be OK with it. See mathbench, confrac, and f356g in the gellmu examples archive.) It will be at least a year before I am likely to have something in this direction because of (1) other demands on my time and (2) my uncertainty about how LaTeX authors will actually be willing to undertake relatively small departures from current practice. For my indecisiveness about (2) anything done in the same direction by others might give me clues about what should and should not be done. For example, references to disciplined LaTeX source that goes well through the MathML track of Eitan Gurari's tex4ht might be helpful. -- BillReceived on Wednesday, 24 July 2002 09:43:07 UTC

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