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RE: MathML browser test page

From: Joe Java <joe.java@eyeasme.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:24:30 -0700
Message-Id: <20090717112430.eeb015f6c9d0e1fdff594d2c3206cf5d.dedc9d8517.wbe@email04.secureserver.net>
To: "Neil Soiffer" <Neils@dessci.com>
Cc: www-math@w3.org
Hello Neil,

Granted that manually picking a character size will not look 
as good with different fonts, are we talking "a little off" or 
"freaky weird looking"?

Is there some way to suggest that a particular font be used?
Specifically the STIX Beta fonts are about as free (as in beer 
and speech) as a font can be.  Is there a way to suggest that
a MathML capable browser use this particular font if it in 
the list of fonts already loaded on this machine?
Then an author could be sure that at least the equations will
look similar to what was desired.

I wonder if the new @font-face capabilities that that are being
added to Firefox could automatically allow for the STIX fonts to be
downloaded and used if user does not already have them loaded.

Is there a way to get MathPlayer on IE to use the STIX Beta fonts?

   -------- Original Message --------
 Subject: Re: MathML browser test page
 From: Neil Soiffer <Neils@dessci.com>
 Date: Fri, July 17, 2009 10:42 am
 To: Joe Java <joe.java@eyeasme.com>
 Cc: www-math@w3.org
 Yes, the arrow should be stretched automatically, but should it not
 look the same if manually set?  What I am trying to say is that
 Firefox does not work correctly and the arrow is not automatically
 stretched.  I fixed the problem by manually setting the arrow size.
 Is it not OK to do that?  I would think that the system would see
 that the author set the character's size to a particular value and
 it would honor that set value.

Yes, the MathML system should honor that value.  The problem is that you
picked a value that looks good for Firefox.  It may not necessarily look
good for other renders because different fonts and slightly different
layout rules maybe be used.  The value you used will scale with font
size, but because different fonts may have use characters of different
sizes (ie, the uparrow may be relatively smaller or larger compared to
other chars in the font), the results may not be as good in other
Unfortunately, I don't know another workaround to the firefox bug.

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