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Re: Options for inclusion of SVG and MathML in OpenReader format?

From: <RobertM@dessci.com>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2005 11:04:27 -0500
Message-Id: <200505071604.j47G4Rp00690@intuition.geomtech.com>
To: jon@noring.name
CC: www-math@w3.org

Hi Jon,

> So what mechanism(s) do the SVG and MathML experts recommend for
> inclusion of "islands" of SVG and MathML markup within XHTML 1.1
> documents? 

The Math IG has a partially completed note that attempts to address
this.  I'll look into it's current status and get back to you.

In general, as I'm sure you know, this is a hard problem.  I know
there was a Compound Documents Workshop where this was discussed (to
no firm conclusion).  In most cases, implementation is the stumbling
block, e.g. in a browser where it would be necessary for plug-ins to
support plug-ins.  In your situation, that isn't such an issue.

One thing to look closely at is Mozilla/Netscape/Firefox, which
supports mixing of SVG, MathML and XHTML.  I don't think it has been
speced out, but there is a case to be made for reverse engineering
what it supports.  The lead author, Roger Sidje, is usually pretty
good about responding to questions about it.

I don't know about the MathML in SVG direction, but for the SVG in
MathML directions, I think the best choice for incorpoarting SVG would
be to use the <semantics> element to wrap the SVG.  


Dr. Robert Miner                                RobertM@dessci.com
W3C Math Interest Group co-chair                      651-223-2883
Design Science, Inc.   "How Science Communicates"   www.dessci.com
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