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RE: Help get math turned back on in Chrome

From: Jonathan.Fine <Jonathan.Fine@open.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:57:41 +0000
To: 'Neil Soiffer' <NeilS@dessci.com>, "'www-math@w3.org'" <www-math@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1AB2D55988D3F6469FAEDA8A8413BF2C0DC708DB7A@KIELDERCMS1.open.ac.uk>
Neil Soiffer wrote:

Chrome 24 had MathML in it.  But they plan to turn it off in Chrome 25!!!


Note that MathML has had to be turned off because the code is not
yet production ready. We hope to turn it on in some future release.
We plan to announce this in the Chrome 25 release notes.

This is because of a minor layout bug for which a fix has already been submitted. 


I've had  a look around on  the issue tracker and didn't find the fix you mentioned.  Please Neil, if possible, supply a URL for the fix.

The issue Neil cited above says See also: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=174455 (although Neil snipped that).

This is not a minor layout bug in Chrome25 beta.  The example formula is totally unformatted, just a linear sequence of characters at the same size.  Something has gone badly wrong.

On that basis I find the Google developers' decision to turn MathML off for Chrome 25 reasonable. I have no evidence that they are applying to MathML different quality standards than they do to other parts of the system.  Resources might be another issue.

Jonathan Fine

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