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Re: Math and MathML [browser support]

From: Patrick Ion <ion@ams.org>
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 15:20:32 -0400
Message-Id: <CBE5DBE9-F2E0-4894-B36C-52B9EBC55D64@ams.org>
Cc: <www-math@w3.org>
To: "<juanrgonzaleza@canonicalscience.com>" <juanrgonzaleza@canonicalscience.com>

[Note to all:  I decided to chop up my comments into sections
since otherwise this would be another very long message.]

Dear Juan,

>>
>> Yes, _today_ (but not then) _many_ (but not most, if you take market
>> share into account) browsers have _decent_ (but neither complete,
>> nor consistent) implementation of CSS.
>
> Then _none_ browser had support for MathML. Instead promoting MathML
> support, CSS would be improved and promoted _then_.
>
Actually, there is growing browser support for MathML.  The situation
is better in regard to rendering than it was, for instance, while  
Firefox
had its big font problems from about version 1.3 to 1.5, while Safari
could do nothing at all with MathML, while Opera had not developed
as far, etc.

And I gather plug-ins are also widely deployed.

It does not follow from the present situation that only the  
improvement of
CSS handling should be expected, or that only that should be called for.
I'll be looking for better MathML rendering, especially natively,  but
also through CSS and maybe SVG, if necessary with XSL or script
transformations helping.  And we'll all be hoping for better access to
fonts that cover more of Unicode.

Patrick
Received on Saturday, 15 July 2006 19:20:48 GMT

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