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Re: XSL-FO + MathML

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 14:40:42 GMT
Message-Id: <200411151440.OAA32204@penguin.nag.co.uk>
To: whitelynx@operamail.com
CC: koba@antenna.co.jp, www-math@w3.org


> Does it mean that XSL is not suitable for rendering MathML documents 

Mathematical formatting (not just MathML) was something that was in the
original requirements document for XSL (and was in DSSSL) but was
explicitly left out of XSL FO 1.0 (and 1.1). One reason for leaving it
out was that any XML based description of mathematical layout would end
up looking rather a lot like presentation MathML and it wasn't clear if
W3C ought to be defining two such languages. So it was always the
intention/hope that XSLFO renderers would support embedded MathML, at
least presentation MathML.

One of the first FO renderers was the TeX based passivetex system which
had this functionality from the start (although implementing mathematics
on top of TeX is the easy part, implementing borders/tables etc is much
harder and never really fully implemented in passivetex). I'm very
pleased to see MathML support now appearing in commercial fully
supported XSL FO products.

David



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