- From: Lineaer Algebraiker <ma104@math.uio.no>
- Date: Sun, 12 May 1996 13:42:28 +0200
- To: Abigail <abigail@tungsten.gn.iaf.nl>
- Cc: www-html@w3.org

> You, Lineaer Algebraiker wrote: > ++ > ++ Oblig. Math question: > ++ Why the <math> - tag at all? I don't mean abolish it, but in some instanc= > ++ es it = > ++ > ++ can be quite unnecessary and annoying: > ++ > ++ If <math> a ≤ b </math> then ... > ++ > ++ should be as valid as > ++ = > ++ > ++ If a ≤ b then ... > > The advantage is that with using <math>, a reader (and also an author) > can choose a different rendering. For instance, one can choose to > have the a and b in your example be displayed in italics, while the > context is normal. The choice would be gone as soon as you leave out > the <math>. > > > Abigail > I agree with you there, and was aware of the issue, but I still maintain that the author should be given the opportunity to omit the <math> tags around 'math symbols' such as ≤ - definitely not all uses of this symbol are in mathematical contexts - imagine the rendering from a speech synthesizer which makes the audience aware of the fact that this is math markup as opposed to regular text. Another good example are the greek letters:(how would your stylesheet render this?!): <math>α β γ </math> are the first letters of the greek alphabet and a priori have nothing to do with mathematics though they are often used there. -- James Ø. Baum MA104 Lineær Algebra Fjernundervisningsprosjektet - MA104 Linear Algebra 'Open University Project' Institute of Mathematics, University of Oslo, Norway http://www.math.uio.no/~ma104/

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