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Re: Math and MathML [forethought about rendering]

From: William F Hammond <hammond@csc.albany.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 12:51:15 -0400
To: www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <i7y7usgoos.fsf@hilbert.math.albany.edu>

"Mark P. Line" <mark@polymathix.com> writes in small part:

> Well, maybe not *just* MathML. I've been in favor of presentational
> markup in HTML since I started using it in 1993, and I've never used
> CSS for real work in my life. And I'm not alone, at least not out
> here in the trenches.  So my prediction is that the W3C will
> ultimately recognize their mistake in shifting presentation from
> HTML to CSS, that they will start shifting it back, and that finally
> nobody will need to use CSS for much of anything.

I was with you on this until around 2003 largely because of diverse
behavior in the distributed base of user agents.  But CSS is now used
with the XHTML+MathML content that I generate.

Nonetheless the web paradigm is that a content provider should
produce pages sensible in user agents (like robots) that ignore CSS.
By that standard classical HTML with CSS is not satisfactory for
handling mathematical content.

Today every university student taking courses in mathematics, physics,
engineering, etc. needs a user agent that is MathML capable.  (Every
on-campus user lab here is so equipped.)

                                    -- Bill
Received on Monday, 17 July 2006 16:51:26 UTC

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