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SVG is not MathML (was: SVGWG SVG-in-HTML proposal (ISSUE-41, ISSUE-37))

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:22:21 -0400
Message-ID: <48914C0D.4090209@w3.org>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Hi, Folks-

Henri Sivonen wrote (on 7/30/08 7:04 AM):
> One would think that asking them to expand what for MathML is an 
> existing feature in Firefox would be easier than asking them to deal 
> with the complexity of the SVG WG's parsing proposal.

In several messages, some people are quick to equate MathML with the 
proposal for SVG-in-HTML.

Though they may be related topics, please don't conflate the two.  They 
were developed by different groups, with different goals, design 
principles, and content models.  They serve different needs, just as SVG 
and HTML serve different needs.

This comparison seems to be made for purely rhetorical goals, not for 
technical reasons.  They are separate issues, and we should keep them 
separate, unless it is agreed that we are making a generalized 
extensibility solution for XML-in-HTML.

(Note, the SVG WG does mention MathML in passing in our proposal, but 
only in reference to a fallback mechanism, and only as a case in point.)

-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, WebApps, SVG, and CDF
Received on Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:22:55 UTC

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