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Re: Math on the web without MathML (CSS 2.1 rendering for HTML and XML)

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:18:15 +0100
Message-Id: <200607111518.k6BFIFmL014143@edinburgh.nag.co.uk>
To: juanrgonzaleza@canonicalscience.com
Cc: www-math@w3.org


 I only can repeat you that the CSS approach is not limited to MathML not
 even to an "xml input syntax". You can use HTML 4.x, HTML 5, XHTML 1.x,
 XHTML 2, ...


by "reasonable xml syntax" I meant pretty much any SGML markup, so all
of those. If you have some CSS that can display matrices and
superscripts from some  markup of that form, that would be interesting.
I have yet to see any CSS that can achieve that from reasonable markup.
As I said you can obviously put each character in a span on its own and
absolutely position that character, but that isn't really feasible
unless you are machine generating the markup.

> > Rendering of large brackets requires positioning of bracket-fragment
> > characters

> There is no such one requirement.

If you just scale the characters then it soon becomes unusable.
Any proposal for mathematical typesetting even if only "web
quality" rather than TeX typeset quality needs to be able to typeset at
least matrices and superscripts, surely?

David
Received on Tuesday, 11 July 2006 15:18:51 GMT

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