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Re: MathML 3.0 Becomes ISO/IEC International Standard (Press Release)

From: Karen Myers <karen@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:09:33 -0400
Cc: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <EE480B28-E744-460C-8952-75E92B676C9C@w3.org>
To: Nick Ruffilo <nickruffilo@gmail.com>
Nick,

Thanks again for all your help with Digital Book World!

Karen


On Jun 23, 2015, at 11:01 AM, Nick Ruffilo <nickruffilo@gmail.com> wrote:

> And - in keeping with the Education and Outreach efforts, DBW has already ran a piece: 
> http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2015/mathml-language-certified-an-international-standard/
> 
> Publishing Perspectives and Publisher's Weekly did not send links, but also will be covering this release.
> 
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:58 AM, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org> wrote:
> FYI
> 
> Ivan
> 
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: "Coralie Mercier" <coralie@w3.org>
> > Subject: MathML 3.0 Becomes ISO/IEC International Standard (Press Release)
> > Date: 23 Jun 2015 16:56:53 CEST
> > To: w3c-ac-forum@w3.org
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> > Archived-At: <http://www.w3.org/mid/op.x0oug32csvvqwp@sith.local>
> >
> > Dear Advisory Committee Representative,
> >
> > W3C just issued a joint press release together with the Joint Technical Committee JTC 1, Information Technology of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), announcing that MathML Version 3.0 2nd Edition as an ISO/IEC International Standard (ISO/IEC 40314:2015).
> >
> >  W3C MathML 3.0 Approved as ISO/IEC International Standard
> >  http://www.w3.org/2015/06/mathmlpas.html.en
> >
> > For any translations of the press release, see:
> >  http://www.w3.org/Press/Releases-2015#mathmlpas
> >
> > We invite you to read the text either online or in text below.
> >
> > Coralie Mercier, Acting Head of W3C Marketing & Communications
> >
> > ======
> > [1]W3C For Immediate Release
> >
> >      [1] http://www.w3.org/
> >
> >       W3C MathML 3.0 Approved as ISO/IEC International Standard
> >     __________________________________________________________
> >
> >   Read below [2]what W3C Members have to say about MathML  3.0
> >
> >   [3]Translations | [4]W3C Press Release Archive
> >     __________________________________________________________
> >
> >      [3] http://www.w3.org/Press/Releases-2015#mathmlpas
> >      [4] http://www.w3.org/Press/
> >
> >   23 June 2015 — Today the [5]World Wide Web Consortium (W3C),
> >   together with the [6]Joint Technical Committee JTC 1,
> >   Information Technology of the International Organization for
> >   Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical
> >   Commission (IEC), announced approval of the [7]MathML Version
> >   3.0 2nd Edition as an ISO/IEC International Standard (ISO/IEC
> >   40314:2015).
> >
> >      [5] http://www.w3.org/
> >      [6] http://www.iso.org/iso/standards_development/technical_committees/list_of_iso_technical_committees/iso_technical_committee.htm?commid=45020
> >      [7] http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/REC-MathML3-20140410/
> >
> >   MathML is the mark-up language used in software and development
> >   tools for statistical, engineering, scientific, computational
> >   and academic expressions of math on the Web. The Mathematical
> >   Markup Language provides ways to describe in XML both the
> >   visual presentation of formulas (with mathematical symbols,
> >   built-up formulas and font styles) and their semantics (with
> >   reference to different domains of mathematics). Its first
> >   version, MathML 1, was released in 1999.
> >
> >   "This important scientific standard, which is already widely
> >   deployed internationally, can now benefit from additional
> >   formal recognition from ISO, IEC and their national member
> >   bodies," noted Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "The ISO/IEC
> >   recognition is expected to increase internationally harmonized
> >   adoption of MathML not only by standards bodies, governments
> >   and the scientific and academic communities, but also by
> >   browser makers, educational publishers and the broader Web
> >   community."
> >
> >   "ISO/IEC JTC 1 is very pleased to have the opportunity to take
> >   the important work of the W3C and have it transposed into
> >   formally approved ISO/IEC Standards," said Karen Higginbottom,
> >   ISO/IEC JTC 1 Chair. "We are pleased to continue the strong and
> >   constructive relationship between our organizations."
> >
> >   "As Secretariat of ISO/IEC JTC 1, the American National
> >   Standards Institute (ANSI) is very proud of the successful
> >   collaboration between ISO/IEC JTC 1 and W3C," said Lisa
> >   Rajchel, ISO/IEC JTC 1 Secretary.  "Approval of the W3C
> >   specifications once again demonstrates strong cooperation
> >   between the formal standards process and consortia."
> >
> > MathML: A rich and powerful language
> >
> >   Because HTML was invented in a scientific laboratory, formulas
> >   in HTML were one of the earliest extensions proposed. Early
> >   experiments, such as HTML+ in 1993, led to the first version of
> >   MathML in 1998. MathML has been gaining support ever since,
> >   although it took until 2014 and the fifth version of HTML
> >   before math became a standard part of HTML, rather than an
> >   optional extra. MathML can now be used both on its own, as
> >   before, or embedded in HTML.
> >
> >   An important goal in making MathML a required part of HTML is
> >   to make scientific articles, or educational material,
> >   interactive. A formula is no longer just an image -- you can
> >   interact with it, right in the browser or other document
> >   viewer: e.g. copy and paste the formula into an equation solver
> >   and see the solution, point a graph plotter at the document and
> >   see the formula visualized, let a student solve arithmetic
> >   exercises right in the browser, etc.
> >
> >   MathML is an important asset for the Semantic Web. It can not
> >   only describe the visual, two-dimensional structure of a
> >   built-up formula, but also its semantics relative to different
> >   mathematical models, thanks to its integration of standard
> >   "dictionaries" from the OpenMath Society. (Different branches
> >   of mathematics often use similar-looking formulas, so some
> >   disambiguation makes automatic interpretation a lot easier.)
> >
> >   "This ISO/IEC standard is very timely" said Dr. Bert Bos, Math
> >   Activity Lead at W3C, "MathML improves accessibility authoring
> >   capabilities such as speech output. It continues to be the most
> >   successful interchange format between the major mathematical
> >   software packages, and is now on its way to becoming the lingua
> >   franca for all mathematics on the Web because of its recent
> >   inclusion in HTML5 and the Open Web Platform."
> >
> > The benefits of collaboration for interoperability
> >
> >   W3C has developed processes and policies that promote the
> >   development of high-quality, consensus-driven, royalty-free
> >   standards, many of which power the Web and enterprise
> >   computing. The ISO and IEC imprimatur increases the avenues for
> >   adoption of W3C technology and guidelines which in turn will
> >   increase deployment, reduce fragmentation and provide all users
> >   with greater interoperability.
> >
> >   MathML 3.0 was submitted to the ISO/IEC JTC 1 process for
> >   Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) in July 2014. W3C has
> >   been an approved JTC 1 PAS Submitter [8]since November 2010,
> >   and is one of eleven (11) organizations that are currently
> >   approved. Under the PAS procedures, organizations recognized as
> >   valid PAS Sumitters can send their specifications directly to
> >   JTC 1 for national body voting to become ISO/IEC International
> >   Standards. To learn more about W3C and the ISO/IEC JTC1 PAS
> >   Submission process, see the [9]W3C PAS FAQ and the [10]JTC 1
> >   website.
> >
> >      [8] http://www.w3.org/News/2010.html#entry-8950
> >      [9] http://www.w3.org/2010/04/pasfaq
> >     [10] http://www.iso.org/iso/jtc1_home.html
> >
> >   As an ISO/IEC JTC 1 Standard, [11]MathML 3.0 is now also
> >   available from ISO/IEC and its national member bodies,
> >   including ANSI. JTC 1 recognition neither changes nor
> >   supercedes the existing W3C standard, which remains freely
> >   available from the W3C website. MathML is the third W3C
> >   standard to be recognized by ISO/IEC, after Web Services in
> >   2011 and Web Acccessibility Content Guidelines 2.0 in 2012.
> >   W3C also provides a number of supporting resources for
> >   developers and users, which are available on the [12]Math
> >   activity page. W3C Members have provided [13]testimonials in
> >   support of MathML 3.0.
> >
> >     [11] http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=58439
> >     [12] http://www.w3.org/Math/
> >
> > About the World Wide Web Consortium
> >
> >   The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international
> >   consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and
> >   the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C
> >   primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web
> >   standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth
> >   and stewardship for the Web. Over 400 organizations are
> >   [14]Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the
> >   [15]MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
> >   (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the [16]European Research
> >   Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM)
> >   headquartered in France, [17]Keio University in Japan and
> >   [18]Beihang University in China, and has additional [19]Offices
> >   worldwide. For more information see [20]http://www.w3.org/
> >
> >     [14] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List
> >     [15] http://www.csail.mit.edu/
> >     [16] http://www.ercim.eu/
> >     [17] http://www.keio.ac.jp/
> >     [18] http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/
> >     [19] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Offices/
> >     [20] http://www.w3.org/
> >
> > About JTC 1
> >
> >   The joint technical committee of ISO (International
> >   Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International
> >   Electrotechnical Commission), [21]ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information
> >   Technology, is a consensus-based, voluntary international
> >   standards group that works as a highly productive collaboration
> >   between ISO and IEC. More than 3,700 experts from 34-P-member
> >   countries come together in JTC 1 to develop mutually beneficial
> >   standards that enhance global trade while protecting
> >   intellectual property. The United States plays a leading role
> >   in JTC 1, with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
> >   holding the secretariat and Karen Higginbottom, director of
> >   standards initiatves at Hewlett-Packard Company, serving as JTC
> >   1's chair.
> >
> >     [21] http://www.iso.org/iso/jtc1_home.html
> >
> > About ISO
> >
> >   ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of
> >   International Standards. ISO is a network of the national
> >   standards institutes of some 164 countries as of July 2012.
> >   More than 100 of ISO’s members are from developing countries.
> >   ISO has more than 18600 International Standards in its currents
> >   portfolio. ISO’s work programme ranges from standards for
> >   traditional activities, such as agriculture and construction,
> >   through mechanical engineering, manufacturing and distribution,
> >   to transport, medical devices, the environment, safety,
> >   information and communication technologies, and to standards
> >   for good practices and for services.
> >
> > About IEC
> >
> >   The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the
> >   world's leading organization that prepares and publishes
> >   International Standards for all electrical, electronic and
> >   related technologies – collectively known as
> >   "electrotechnology." IEC International Standards cover a vast
> >   range of technologies from power generation, transmission and
> >   distribution to home appliances and office equipment,
> >   semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, nanotechnologies,
> >   solar energy and marine energy converters, to mention just a
> >   few. Wherever you find electricity and electronics, you will
> >   find the IEC supporting safety and performance, the
> >   environment, electrical energy efficiency and renewable
> >   energies. The IEC also manages Conformity Assessment Systems
> >   that certify that equipment, systems or components conform to
> >   its International Standards. www.iec.ch
> >
> > Media Contacts
> >
> >   Karen Myers, W3C <[22]karen@w3.org>
> >
> >     [22] mailto:coralie@w3.org
> >
> >   Elizabeth Neiman, ANSI <[23]eneiman@ansi.org>
> >
> >     [23] mailto:eneiman@ansi.org
> >
> > Testimonials from W3C Members
> >
> >   [24]Antenna House, Inc. · [25]C-DAC · [26]Design Science, Inc.
> >   · [27]Maplesoft · [28]MathJax Consortium · [29]University of
> >   Western Ontario ·
> >
> >  Antenna House, Inc.
> >
> >     The use of MathML extends far beyond STEM publishers and
> >     organizations and is extensively used both in the worlds of
> >     general publishing and corporate documentation, whenever
> >     equations are part of their documents being produced.
> >     Antenna House first offered MathML as a feature of our
> >     XSL-FO formatting engine back in November 2004. We now have
> >     hundreds of customers using MathML for producing equations
> >     within their documents. MathML as an ISO standard further
> >     strengthens the use of MathML for producing paged output.
> >
> >
> >    Michael Miller, VP, Antenna House, Inc.
> >
> >  C-DAC
> >
> >     C-DAC GIST Research Labs has always been supportive of any
> >     technology that enables interoperability amongst people,
> >     softwares and platforms, Adoption of MathML by ISO is one of
> >     the important steps in ensuring its wider and methodical
> >     adoption. Working in language technology field in the past
> >     22 years with current focus on Digitization, C-DAC sees this
> >     to be a positive step which will take mathematical express
> >     from image to actual form.
> >
> >
> >    Mahesh D. Kulkarni, Associate Director & HoD, GIST Research
> >    Labs, C-DAC; Country Manager, W3C India
> >
> >  Design Science, Inc.
> >
> >     MathML was the first specialized format to be approved by
> >     the W3C. Since then it has become the lingua-franca for math
> >     communication, on the web and elsewhere. Approval by ISO is
> >     further proof of the importance of MathML in the world of
> >     STEM communication. Design Science continues its commitment
> >     to producing tools that enable the use of MathML and that
> >     make math accessible to all people with our recent release
> >     of a new version of MathPlayer. People with vision
> >     disabilities used previous versions of MathPlayer to listen
> >     to tens of millions of expressions; the new version extends
> >     MathPlayer's support of MathML to any browser and to other
> >     applications.
> >
> >
> >    Neil Soiffer, Senior Scientist, Design Science Inc.
> >
> >     Demo of MathML in action, [30]VoiceOver and Safari, by Bob
> >     Matthews, Director of Training, Design Science Inc.
> >
> >     [30] http://www.dessci.com/en/reference/ies-ets/instructional_material/VoiceOver_and_Safari_short.wmv
> >
> >  Maplesoft
> >
> >     Maplesoft has always been a strong supporter of MathML and
> >     the efforts of the community to freely share mathematics on
> >     the web and between software tools such as Maple. We are
> >     delighted that the MathML standard has reached this
> >     important new milestone of international recognition by the
> >     ISO.
> >
> >
> >    Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice President and Chief
> >    Scientist, Maplesoft
> >
> >  MathJax Consortium
> >
> >     The publication as an ISO standard confirms MathML's
> >     resounding success as the standard markup for mathematical
> >     and scientific notation. MathML provides a robust, unified
> >     markup that enables publication, processing and conversion
> >     of mathematics. It is fully accessible to both humans and
> >     machines and we see a rich ecosystem of applications.
> >     While browser support remains limited to Gecko/Firefox and
> >     WebKit/Safari for now, polyfills such as MathJax build on
> >     MathML as it provides a canonical representation of
> >     mathematical notation made for the web. Overall, MathML has
> >     enabled a new generation of publications, learning
> >     environments, and online communities, in effect transforming
> >     learning, teaching, and research on the web and beyond.
> >     MathML is the core of STEM content on the web and I'm
> >     looking forward to seeing MathML evolve to meet current and
> >     future developments.
> >
> >
> >    Peter Krautzberger, MathJax Consortium
> >
> >  University of Western Ontario
> >
> >     The standardization of MathML is key to "friction-free"
> >     interoperability among software components for e-learning
> >     and technical collaboration in the academic world.
> >
> >
> >    Stephen M. Watt, Distinguished University Professor,
> >    University of Western Ontario
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Communications Team  -  http://www.w3.org
> > mailto:coralie@w3.org +336 4322 0001 http://www.w3.org/People/CMercier/
> >
> >
> 
> 
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