Re: Help get math turned back on in Chrome

From: Frédéric WANG <fred.wang@free.fr>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:19:28 +0100
Message-ID: <5121E410.9030700@free.fr>

@Terry: Yes, I agree with you that ideally, native MathML should be used
instead of a Javascript library. Again, rather than a polyfill, I think
the MathJax project is better characterized by the fact that it allows
more and more people to publish mathematical content on the Web. In the
past, one had to write valid XHTML pages, serve them as
application/xhtml+xml, ask people to install fonts or plugins and to use
special converters for MathML. With MathJax, one just has to insert a
line of code in the page and directly write LaTeX/AsciiMath in the HTML
source. Of course there are limitations, those that you mention as well
as others that have been raised in the MathJax community, but at the
moment I think that's the best trade off between rendering quality and
what people would expect from a native browser features. BTW, here is
what Paul mentioned:

https://github.com/mathjax/MathJax/wiki/Shrinking-MathJax-for-%22local%22-installation

Regarding the fact that Mozilla should highlight the MathML support in
Gecko, I think your case answers the question: for some reason you
decided to switch from Firefox to Chrome and the lack of MathML support
did not make you change your mind. So it seems that Chrome does some
things better than Firefox and these features are more important for you
than MathML. I think you're not the only one in that case and actually
most people don't care about advanced mathematical notations, so from
the point of view of browser competition it's not surprising that
Mozilla puts more interest in other aspects of the browser...

--
Frédéric Wang
maths-informatique-jeux.com/blog/frederic

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