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Re: Spacing and formatting across multiple math tags

From: Bernd Fuhrmann <silverbanana@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 14:38:29 +0100
Message-ID: <3F9E7155.3030003@gmx.de>
To: www-math@w3.org

 > However I think a more portable solution would be to use an xhtml 
table to get the layout and use individual math elements in teh xhtml 
table cells to typeset the math fragments.

Using tables for formatting would break the semantical structure of a 
XHTML+MathML-document. Furthermore there are cases that would require to 
use presentation instead of content markup which would be bad aswell. 
Besides, using tables would force a renderer to put certain data into 
certain places, while I think that one should be able to "recommend" 
formatting. This is especcially important when there are very long terms 
  and/or narrow pages that require line breaks. A table could never 
solve that!

If there is indeed no way to do this in a reasonable way with MathML 2.0 
to do this, someone should add a mechanism to the next MathML specs.

Bernd Fuhrmann
Received on Tuesday, 28 October 2003 08:38:59 UTC

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