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Re: mathsize="big | small | normal"

From: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 09:55:09 -0600
Message-Id: <200402061555.i16Ft9g10797@wisdom.geomtech.com>
To: mikeday@yeslogic.com
Cc: www-math@w3.org


> The mathsize common attribute is defined as taking big, small and normal
> keywords as values. However, these values do not appear to be defined in
> the specification.
> Are they intended to act as absolute sizes or relative sizes?
> Specifically, do they correspond to the CSS large and small keywords or
> the larger and smaller keywords? They sound like absolute sizes, but
> "normal" sounds as if it is context specific.

I've always thought of these as relative sizes, and that is how WebEQ
and MathPlayer implement them I think.  Also, though it doesn't seem
to say that in Ch 3 of the spec, in Appendix G (the non-normative
sample CSS styelsheet) this is how they are interpreted:

  /* Rules dealing with "mathsize" attribute */

  math *.[mathsize="small"] {
    font-size: 80%

  math *.[mathsize="normal"] {
  /*  font-size: 100%  - which is unnecessary */

  math *.[mathsize="big"] {
    font-size:  125%

Hope this helps.


Dr. Robert Miner                                RobertM@dessci.com
MathML 2.0 Specification Co-editor                    651-223-2883
Design Science, Inc.   "How Science Communicates"   www.dessci.com
Received on Friday, 6 February 2004 10:47:42 UTC

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