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Re: mathcolor/mathbackground on <math/> and <semantics/> elements?

From: Neil Soiffer <neil.soiffer@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:19:24 -0700
Message-ID: <n2zd98bce171004211319x18969c8bz62ed1a3d05932298@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Cc: Frédéric WANG <fred.wang@free.fr>, "www-math@w3.org" <www-math@w3.org>
I completely concur with David.

The first version of Firefox's handling of MathML didn't handle semantics,
and this was a big problem for a lot of MathML that was generated.  Other
implementations also skipped it because <semantics> was listed in chapter 4
-- content MathML.  We have tried to make it much clearer that the semantics
elements should be considered part of both presentation and content MathML,
and that a renderer that deals with only one side of MathML should handle
semantics to at least the extent it makes sense for that side of MathML.

To be a bit perverse, if <semantics> accepted mathcolor/background, then
someone could complain that it shouldn't because it is part of content
MathML, and the section you quoted doesn't say it should be part of content


2010/4/21 David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>

> On 21/04/2010 11:27, Frédéric WANG wrote:
> Thanks for the comments, the following is a personal reply, we'll get
> group agreement before actually making any changes.
>  Hello,
>> The spec says that mathcolor/mathbackground are accepted on all MathML
>> presentation elements:
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/MathML3/chapter2.html#interf.toplevel.atts
>> <math/> and <semantics/> are not listed among MathML presentation
>> elements, so I think mathcolor/mathbackground should not be allowed on
>> them, and this is confirmed by the RelaxNG schema.
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/MathML3/chapter3.html#presm.summary
>> However, the two sentences below could be interpreted as saying that
>> <math/> accepts mathcolor/mathbackground attributes:
>> "The math element accepts any of the attributes that can be set on
>> Section 3.3.4 Style Change <mstyle>"
>> "mstyle elements accept the attributes listed in Section 3.1.10
>> Mathematics style attributes common to presentation elements. "
> I think this is fairly explicit that math should really work (as far as its
> children are concerned) like an mstyle. If the schema doesn't have that
> attribute that's an error, sorry about that.
>  and this one for <semantics/>:
>> "semantics should be considered part of both presentation MathML and
>> content MathML"
> That's more of a general hint that for example "just do presentation
> mathml" systems just  should at least accept semantics to the point of
> rendering a presentation attribution or a first child if that's
> presentation. (and not raise an error on semantics as an unknown element) I
> don't think that this informal note should have any effect on the schema.
> David
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