From: Patrick Ion <ion@ams.org>

Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 19:25:39 -0400

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To: www-math@w3.org

Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 19:25:39 -0400

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To: www-math@w3.org

The W3C Math WG is pleased to be able to point to the publication by the W3C of its initial First Public Working Drafts. They are Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) Version 3.0 http://www.w3.org/TR/MathML3/ A MathML for CSS Profile http://www.w3.org/TR/mathml-for-css/ The Abstract and Status sections of the drafts are reproduced below. These documents are very much at the FPWD stage. The Math WG hopes to be able to publish refinements of them in line with the W3C heart- beat process requirements. There is a description of some considerations underlying this work in the W3C Math WG's public Roadmap. Feedback should be sent to this W3C Public Math Mailing List. Patrick and Robert (W3C Math WG co-chairs) ========== MathML 3.0 Abstract This specification defines the Mathematical Markup Language, or MathML. MathML is an XML application for describing mathematical notation and capturing both its structure and content. The goal of MathML is to enable mathematics to be served, received, and processed on the World Wide Web, just as HTML has enabled this functionality for text. This specification of the markup language MathML is intended primarily for a readership consisting of those who will be developing or implementing renderers or editors using it, or software that will communicate using MathML as a protocol for input or output. It is not a User's Guide but rather a reference document. MathML can be used to encode both mathematical notation and mathematical content. About thirty-five of the MathML tags describe abstract notational structures, while another about one hundred and seventy provide a way of unambiguously specifying the intended meaning of an expression. Additional chapters discuss how the MathML content and presentation elements interact, and how MathML renderers might be implemented and should interact with browsers. Finally, this document addresses the issue of special characters used for mathematics, their handling in MathML, their presence in Unicode, and their relation to fonts. While MathML is human-readable, in all but the simplest cases, authors use equation editors, conversion programs, and other specialized software tools to generate MathML. Several versions of such MathML tools exist, and more, both freely available software and commercial products, are under development. Status of this Document This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http:// www.w3.org/TR/. This document is a W3C First Public Working Draft produced by the W3C Math Working Group as part of the W3C Math Activity. The goals of the W3C Math Working Group are discussed in the W3C Math WG Charter (revised July 2006). A list of participants in the W3C Math Working Group is available. This First Public Working Draft must be viewed as a work in progress, and not yet suitable for reference. It specifies a new version of the the Mathematical Markup Language, MathML 3.0 [mathml] which is at present under active development. The Math WG hopes this outline draft will permit informed feedback on this most important part of its work. There is a description of some considerations underlying this work in the W3C Math WG's public Roadmap [roadmap]. Feedback should be sent to the Public W3C Math mailing list . The MathML 2.0 (Second Edition) specification has been a W3C Recommendation since 2001. During the period since its recommendation, a W3C Math Interest Group collected the experience with the deployment of MathML and identified issues with MathML that might be ameliorated. The rechartering af a Math Working Group allows the revision to MathML 3.0 in the light of that experience, of other comments on the markup language, and of recent changes in specifications of the W3C and in the technological context. MathML 3.0 does not signal any change in the overall design of MathML. However, the specification document will be almost completely rewritten to provide a coherent whole containing corrections to all the known errata and clarifications of issues that proved problematic and additions made. Throughout pains are being taken to distinguish the normative and non-normative aspects. Public discussion of MathML and issues of support through the W3C for mathematics on the Web takes place on the public mailing list of the Math Working Group (list archives). To subscribe send an email to www- math-request@w3.org with the word subscribe in the subject line. Please report errors in this document to www-math@w3.org. Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the Math Working Group's patent disclosure page. The basic structure of this document is the same as that of the earlier MathML 2.0 Recommendation [MathML2]. MathML 2.0 itself was a revision of the earlier W3C Recommendation MathML 1.01 [MathML1]; MathML 3.0 itself is a revision of the W3C Recommendation MathML 2.0. It differs from it in that all chapters will have been updated, some new elements and attributes are being added and some have been deprecated. Chapters 1 and 2, which are introductory material, have yet to be revised to reflect the changes elsewhere in the document, and in the rapidly evolving Web environment. Chapters 3, on presentation-oriented markup, is being extended to describe new functionalities added as well as smaller improvements of material already proposed. As a result of concerns for support of high-quality typesetting and for the relationship with CSS the element mpadded has been revised, and the maction remains under discussion for possible deprecation. As a result of earlier work, as recorded in the W3C Note Arabic mathematical notation, the relationship with bidirectional text is being clarified. In addition, some adjustments that have proven necessary for easy markup of elementary school mathematics have been made. Chapters 4, on content-oriented markup, has been completely regenerated. The actual content is unchanged in essence, except for a number of elements the addition of which seemed natural, such as some for use in statistics. The text of this chapter is now generated by filtered extraction from XML content dictionaries written in accordance with OpenMath. The advantages of this method include a level of consistency in interpretation that the previous version perhaps did not achieve, automatic generation of some useful and informative tabulations, and a guarantee of alignment with the basic part of OpenMath that the community will appreciate. Chapter 5 will be newly written to reflect changes in the technology available. Chapter 6 has been rewritten and reorganized to reflect the new situation in regard to Unicode. It is expected that some new ancillary tables will be provided that reflect requests the WG has received. Chapter 7 needs revision yet again since Web technology has changed again. Chapter 8 on the DOM and the associated appendices D and E for detailed listings will be revised further as proves necessary. For instance, the DTD is already implicated as a result of the profile MathML for CSS that the WG is preparing; that is also a new FPWD. <<< ====== MathML for CSS Abstract This document describes a profile of MathML 3.0 designed for ease of formatting with Cascading Style Sheets. Status of this Document This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http:// www.w3.org/TR/. This document is a W3C First Public Working Draft produced by the W3C Math Working Group as part of W3C Math Activity. The goals of the W3C Math Working Group are discussed in the W3C Math WG Charter. The authors of this document are the W3C Math Working Group members. This First Public Working Draft must be viewed as a work in progress, and not yet suitable for reference. It specifies a profile of a specification, MathML 3.0, which is itself under development, and is intended to accord with CSS 3, which is also under active development. The Math WG hopes this outline draft will permit informed feedback on this part of its work, although only a few of the elements show a full discussion of their special properties in connection with CSS. There is also a short description of some considerations underlying this work in the W3C Math WG's public Roadmap. Feedback should be sent to the Public W3C Math mailing list . <<<Received on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 23:25:03 GMT

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