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Re: Math and MathML [forethought about rendering]

From: <juanrgonzaleza@canonicalscience.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 00:29:46 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <3105.217.124.69.216.1153207786.squirrel@webmail.canonicalscience.com>
To: <www-math@w3.org>

William F Hammond wrote:

> 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.

Robots would prefer interpret nonsense like (samples from real MathML site
on the internet)

<msubsup><mrow/><mi>a</mi><mi>b</mi></msubsup><mi>F</mi>

<msup><mi>mc</mi><mn>2</mn></msup>

<mi>m</mi><mi>c</mi><msup><mrow/><mn>2</mn></msup>.

<math display="block"
xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msup><mi>&#955;</mi>
<mi>&#945;</mi></msup><msubsup><mi>&#947;</mi>
<mrow><mi>&#945;</mi><mi>&#946;</mi></mrow>
<mi>m</mi></msubsup><msup><mi>&#955;</mi>
<mi>&#946;</mi></msup><mo>=</mo><mn>0</mn></math>

(above alpha and beta are tensorial indices!)

<mn>2</mn><mo>.</mo><mn>233</mn>

Etcetera.

> 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.)

Is pure MathML advertisement. It would read

Today every university student taking courses in mathematics, physics,
engineering, etc. needs a user agent that is math (via MathML or via some
alternative) capable.  (Every on-campus user lab would be so equipped.)


Juan R.

Center for CANONICAL |SCIENCE)
Received on Tuesday, 18 July 2006 07:30:00 GMT

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