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Re: AW: The XHTML as text/html Mess

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 14:40:01 +0100
Message-Id: <200206241340.OAA30016@penguin.nag.co.uk>
To: Bernhard.Keil@soft4science.com
CC: eoin.lane@capeclear.com, www-math@w3.org, science@capeclear.com

> I haven't got it running either

If you can't get it running please post a more specific bug report (what
browser, what error message or bad behaviour, etc)

> (so that
> the stypesheet will work for both
> Mozilla and non-MathML-enabled browsers).

The stylesheet is designed to enable mathml rendering on browsers that
can render MathML. It is not designed to do anything on browsers that
have no mathml support (except for Internet explorer where it attenpts
to display mathml just using css and javascript if nothing better can be

Most browsers that have no MathML support (NS4 for example) would not
support XSL either so there is nothing the stylesheet can do in that

> I think the best thing is to use server side browser detection
> and server side stylesheet transformation.

This is a reasonabe strategy if presentation is the main criterion and
supporting old browsers is important for the application.
However serving different things depending on the browser can lead to
confusion later on if browsing is not the only use for the data.

For example one might want to feed the MathML into a computer algebra
system. This will not work too well if you happen to use netscape4 as the
http application to do the download and so the server sends you a gif
image instead of the MathML because it decides that NS4 can not handle


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