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[whatwg] Mathematics on HTML5

From: Michel Fortin <michel.fortin@michelf.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 09:49:50 -0400
Message-ID: <ACDF43A8-C3DA-437C-A5A0-74D130CEA5BD@michelf.com>
Maybe I can add my view to this thread. I'm no user of MathML, nor do  
I write often complicated equations on the web. I don't know much  
Latex either.

One thing I know however is that the next time I'll have to put an  
equation on a web page, I won't go looking for a MathML editor just  
to be able to generate the markup, convert the page to XHTML served  
as application/xhtml+xml (so that it works with MathML) and ask my  
users to install the required plugin or web browser just to see my  
equation. I'll use an image: it'll be a lot simpler.

What Juan propose, about adding a limited number of elements to HTML  
for maths, actually makes sense to me, especially if you can get not- 
too-bad results with CSS. HTML is designed to be easy to learn and  
write; if we had a markup like that for mathematics which integrates  
easily in HTML it'd be much more used than MathML, I'm sure.

But I think it would be better to develop that as a microformat[1]  
first, then, once it works and is well defined, see if the WhatWG is  
interested in integrating the microformat into HTML5 by giving it  
specific elements and attributes.

  [1]: http://microformats.org/


Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com
http://www.michelf.com/
Received on Monday, 29 May 2006 06:49:50 UTC

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