From: William F Hammond <hammond@csc.albany.edu>

Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 23:43:20 -0500

To: www-math@w3.org

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Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 23:43:20 -0500

To: www-math@w3.org

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The term prime accents refers to Unicode points ′ (U-2032), ″ (U-2033), ‴ (U-2034), &backprime (U-2035), and ⁗ (U-2057). All of these data points are presentable in ordinary (i.e., non-MathML) XHTML or XML text, and for that context visual presentation handling appears to be standard. In some user agents it appears that under certain conditions, various ASCII constructions inside MathML such as ','',''',`, ... are given equivalent visual presentation. The examples given in the W3C MathML Test Suite are relevant: http://www.w3.org/Math/testsuite/testsuite/Topics/Primes/primes1.xml The MathML Spec (version 21 October 2003) alludes to the presentation handling of prime accents in MathML only very casually at section 3.2.3.1: http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/REC-MathML2-20031021/chapter3.html#id.3.2.3.1 There is inconsistent handling among the various accents in some user agents, and between different agents. At this point I find it unclear what should be regarded as normative. The matter is somewhat complicated. For a more elaborate presentation of these thoughts please see http://www.albany.edu/~hammond/gellmu/primeaccents2.xhtml The discussion is mostly oriented around Firefox's presentation, but the examples there may be viewed with interest in other user agents, and the comment is relevant to further thought about what should be normative. The MathML specification needs more work in regard to the prime accents. -- BillReceived on Sunday, 14 January 2007 04:43:27 GMT

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