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RE: MathML Incompatibility

From: Bernhard Keil <Bernhard.Keil@soft4science.com>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 15:40:09 +0200
To: "'Wendell P'" <wendellp@operamail.com>, <www-math@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1DWaNy-0001rA-61@lisa.w3.org>


SciWriter  -> Publicon

I have tested to copy MathML from SciWriter and paste
it into Publicon (Context Menu Item: "Paste as MathML"). 
In general this does work without any problem,
except that Publicon seems to supports only a smaller set of 
mathematical operators than SciWriter. So there are symbols
that Publicon will not display.

Publicon -> SciWriter

Copy&paste from Publicon to SciWriter does not work for 
the same reason as in the case of Mathematica (See my previous e-mail), 
because Publicon encodes the chareacter enties also in decimal 
notation when one copies MathML to the clipboard
(May be it can be changed by configuration, I don't know). 
In contrast when you save a Publicon document
as XHTML+MathML to disk, most MathML entities
will be encoded with named entities which will
be understood by SciWriter.

MathType -> SciWriter 
In previous releases of MathType it worked
without any problem to copy&paste from MathType
to SciWriter. But in the latest version of MathType
(Version 5.2a) it does not seem to be possible anymore to avoid
the <annotation> and <semantic> elements
that are inserted by MathType. Copied content
from MathType looks like this:

<math display='block' xmlns='http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML'>
 <annotation encoding='MathType-MTEF'>

.. the problem is that SciWriter does not support
the <semantics> and <annotation> element.
In a future release of SciWriter it might be solved
by simply skiping those elements. 

SciWriter -> MathType 
Does not work because MathType can not import MathML.

Bernhard Keil

-----Original Message-----
From: www-math-request@w3.org [mailto:www-math-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Wendell P
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 4:11 AM
To: www-math@w3.org
Subject: MathML Incompatibility

I am trying out some programs that use MathML and am having a lot of trouble exchanging files between applications. For example:

Publicon will read MathML equations from MathType and Amaya but not SciWriter.

SciWriter will read MathML output from Amaya but not Publicon or MathType.

Amaya will mostly read MathML from SciWriter but not Publicon or MathType.

Has anyone looked into the reason for this?

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