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Re: Why has application/mathml+xml not been registered?

From: White Lynx <whitelynx@operamail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 20:09:59 +0400
To: www-math@w3.org
Message-Id: <20061129160959.484417AE9F@ws5-10.us4.outblaze.com>

> Six years ago RFC 3023 suggested an application/mathml+xml media type,
> but warned: "no content type has yet   been registered for MathML and so
> this media type should not be used until such registration has been
> completed."
> Three years ago we were assured that plans were afoot to register
> application/mathml+xml:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-math/2003Jul/0085.html

Bureaucracy is in fashion nowadays and some things take a lot of time. Hopefully it will be registred within MathML3 timeline.

> Such a media type would be useful when serving HTML, since MathML
> content could be embedded with an OBJECT element, without requiring an
> entire application/xhtml+xml document.

As to objects they actually make life more difficult, once you store formulae in separate application/mathml+xml files whole pile becomes difficult to manage (you can use data URIs to place everything in one document, but they don't make things easier to manage either), in addition line breaking in inline formulae becomes a problem (object will not be splitted across lines) and proper baseline alignment 
is yet another problem that has to be resolved within CDF and CSS (according to CSS2.1 baseline of object is its bottom margin edge, not actual baseline). 

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