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Re: MathML and CSS

From: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 09:48:54 -0500
Message-Id: <200405141448.i4EEmsc21081@wisdom.geomtech.com>
To: bruce.miller@nist.gov
Cc: www-math@w3.org


Hi.

Bruce Miller identified one possible goal for a Math-CSS model as:

>  (b) Should it leverage the core CSS, while minimally extending 
>      it with those unique constructs needed to present mathematics?

It is worth noting that there are several existing data point that
give an idea of what is currently possible.

One is the JavaScript/CSS rendering produced by David Carlisle's XSL
stylesheet, available from

   http://www.w3.org/Math/XSL

Another related project is jsMath, by Davide Cervone of Union
College.  jsMath produces a JavaScript/CSS rendering of plain TeX
code, but the approach could be adapted to MathML.

   http://www.math.union.edu/~dpvc/jsMath/

With a bit of effort, it might be possible to prepare a page so that
it would take advantage of native rendering in browsers where it was
available, and fallback to CSS/JavaScript otherwise.  

--Robert

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