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Re: XHTML+MathML doctype declaration ... // "Putting mathematics on the Web with MathML"

From: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 21:04:39 -0500
Message-Id: <200306160204.h5G24dK18162@wisdom.geomtech.com>
To: Bernhard.Keil@soft4science.com
CC: www-math@w3.org


Hi.

> Since many people report problems in several newsgroups about the question
> how to publish MathML, I think it would be no fault to place a note in the
> page "Putting mathematics on the Web with MathML" (www.w3.org/Math/XSL/)
> about what doctype declaration should be used if one wants that it realy works.
> 
> Furthermore the page  "Putting mathematics on the Web with MathML" misses a hint on
> what Mime-types should be used to serve the XHTML+MathML documents and
> the XSLT stylesheets.
> 
> Currently only very obstinate and technical skilled people have a chance to
> successfully publish XHTML+MathML (!).
> 
> I guess we all in this group have an interest in a wide spreading MathML usage.
> So I think we should make things as easy as possible.  
> 
> I think the "Putting mathematics on the Web with MathML"-page could be
> made more user friendly and complete with little effort.  Why not
> making a Step by step user guide like most software installtion guides
> look like

These are all good points and ideas.  The main problem is merely one
of time and resources.  The WG members are mostly volunteering their
time, and work on the 2nd edition takes up most of it.  David
Carlisle, in particular, is a key figure in the production of the 2nd
edition, as well as the de facto maintainer of the "Putting
mathematics on the Web" page.

I am sure that eventually someone in the group will find time to
implement your suggestions.  However, if you or any others on the list
have written a good step-by-step guide you would be willing to
constribute, that would be a huge help.  As you say, many people are
having problems, and anything that would help make higher-quality end
users docs available faster would be much appreciated.

--Robert

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