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Re: HOWTO implement cross-browser-compatible MathML

From: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 05:13:11 -0500
Message-Id: <200210171013.FAA06107@wisdom.geomtech.com>
To: ping@zesty.ca
CC: hammond@math.albany.edu, www-math@w3.org


Hi.

> MINSE enabled all of these user agents and more, including text-mode
> browsers, on all platforms, to display math six years ago (and today),
> without authors having to jump through the hoops necessary to get MathML
> to appear in just the particular browsers and configurations you listed.

Sure, and imaged-based documents created with MathType, latex2html or
Photoshop for that matter are also viewable in virtually any browser.
But to use MINSE for image generation, as opposed to a
widely-deployed, well-supported, and easy-to-use tool like MathType,
your authors had to use your proprietary pseudo-semantic markup, commit to
routing all their web traffic through a 'polymediator' server not
under their control, and give up on compatibility with other Web
stabdards such as XML, XSL, DOM, and CSS.  Those are substantial
drawbacks.

--Robert

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