[Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>: W3C Newsletter Item on HTML-Math]

Following is a message from Dave regarding a W3C announcement about
formal assembly of this Working Group.  As Dave indicates, there will
also be a change in the list's mailing address, but I have not yet
received word that this change is in place.



Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 16:45:19 -0400
From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Subject: W3C Newsletter Item on HTML-Math

Tim Berners-Lee has written the following announcement to be sent out to
all W3C members at 5pm Eastern time, Friday Sept 13th. The announcement
is intended as a first step in the setting up of a W3C working group for
HTML-Math, and invites W3C members to register their interest.

The new group will supercede the current group and will include all of its
current participants. One side effect of this will be the need to change
the mailing list of the group from w3c-math-erb@w3.org to w3c-math@w3.org.
I will start work on making this happen asap. To avoid confusion, I think
we need to send a copy of the announcement and this explanation to all
the people in the list w3c-math-erb list. Please let me know if this
sounds reasonable to you asap. You can reach me by phone at (617) 489 2369.
I will be sending this out to the math list midday tomorrow (Friday 13th)
unless I hear from you in the morning.

Best wishes,

Dave Raggett

<h2>Math Markup in HTML: Call for Interest</h2>

There has been considerable interest in developing a standard for markup
of mathematical notation within HTML documents ("HTML-Math").  In addition
to support of standard visual rendering, this would include markup which
will enable conversion of HTML-Math to other targets such as speech
synthesizers, computer algebra systems, and theorem-provers.  We expect also
that HTML-Math will be a target of conversions from existing rendererable
markup (such as TeX notation).  Program code showing the viability of the
proposed standard will be written.

The provisional
<a href="http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/MarkUp/Math/WG/Charter">
charter</a> of the group will be refined at the end of September.

<p>The Consortium be interested to hear from members their opinion about
W3 Consortium involvment in this area. Please email html-math-response@w3.org
to indicate their interest.  From thos intersted, a commitment to material
participation is requested.  We may have up to two physical meetings
per year and expect to have many teleconference calls in addition to
regular email correspondence.  The first meeting of this Working Group
would likely be a teleconference in December 1996 or January 1997.

<p>Tim Berners-Lee

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