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

From: Nick Ruffilo <nickruffilo@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:15:29 -0400
Message-ID: <CA+Dds59FdOBFpdJr0VL3a6EqFfDNJFc9MjckbuHCzqvhiS-3ug@mail.gmail.com>
To: Karen Myers <karen@w3.org>
Cc: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
You're very welcome.  It was a team effort!

On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 11:09 AM, Karen Myers <karen@w3.org> wrote:

> 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
>> > Resent-From: w3c-ac-members@w3.org
>> > List-Id: <w3t.w3.org>
>> > 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/
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>> ----
>> Ivan Herman, W3C
>> Digital Publishing Activity Lead
>> Home: http://www.w3.org/People/Ivan/
>> mobile: +31-641044153
>> ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0782-2704
>>
>>
>>
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>
>
> --
> - Nick Ruffilo
> @NickRuffilo
> http://Aerbook.com <http://aerbook.com/>
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