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Re: Exploring new vocabularies for HTML

From: William F Hammond <hammond@csc.albany.edu>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 16:59:29 -0400
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <i7ej9t6yby.fsf@hilbert.math.albany.edu>

Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> writes:

> Cool, that's very encouraging. Any knowledge you have about that would be 
> great. Is there any documentation on common MathML errors? Is there any 
> documentation on what elements could be implied?

Such knowledge is applicable in-house on the server side.

> Is there any reason digits couldn't imply <mn>, for example, and
> punctuation couldn't imply <mo>? Any help here would be greatly
> appreciated.

None except the demise of the March 1995 draft of HTML 3.0.

> MathML is a very big language, with just shy of 190 unique elements in 
> MathML2 (HTML4, including all the deprecated elements, has but 91). Could 
> we get away with making that simpler for HTML, e.g. by not including 
> support for Content markup in the text/html variant?

For html5 just include presentation MathML elements (not very many in total).

> One of the use cases is the mixing of graphics and form controls into 
> equations. Is it possible to extend MathML to allow specific HTML5 
> phrasing-level elements (like <em>, <img>, <input>, also maybe the <svg> 
> element) wherever the <mglyph> element is currently allowed, or something 
> along those lines?

Not anywhere <mglyph> is allowed, but maybe a small number of these
inside <mtext> where the recursive content is presumably ignored
under pasting into computer algebra systems.

                                    -- Bill
Received on Saturday, 29 March 2008 21:00:09 UTC

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