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Suggestions for MathML 3?

From: <RobertM@dessci.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 11:05:02 -0600
Message-Id: <200503251705.j2PH52W10259@intuition.geomtech.com>
To: www-math@w3.org

Dear MathML community:

One of the most important work items in the charter of the W3C Math
Interest Group is to monitor current usage of MathML in order to
identify problems or gaps that are sufficiently important to merit a
new version of MathML.

The Math IG needs to make a proposal by the end of this year either to
charter a group to prepare a new version of the MathML Recommendation,
or to wait another period of time, probably two years, before again
considering a revision.  In making the decision, the group must
balance the benefits of stability in the specification with the need
to address problem areas affecting current users.

To help us form an opinion, I'm writing to ask the MathML community to
post candidates for topics a new version of the MathML Recommendation
should address.  For example, here are some of the ideas that have
been mentioned on this forum and elsewhere in recent years:

- better support for internationalization, specifically for
  right-to-left mathematics, particularly in languages using Arabic

- better support for elementary mathematics, such as long division,
  addition problems "with carries", etc.  This is particularly
  important for accessibility.

- support for "strikeouts" of entire expressions

- additional markup for physical units

- additional logic and/or control structures, e.g. for use in
  specifying constraints or rules in other XML languages

- extension or clarification of spacing, nudging and linebreaking

If you have things you would like to see in MathML 3, now is the time
to contribute them.  The more details you can provide about your use
case and your requirements, the stronger our proposal to the W3C
membership will ultimately be.  

Thanks in advance for your help,


Dr. Robert Miner                                RobertM@dessci.com
W3C Math Interest Group Co-Chair                      651-223-2883
Design Science, Inc.   "How Science Communicates"   www.dessci.com
Received on Friday, 25 March 2005 17:05:34 UTC

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