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Re: MathML Problems

From: Neil Soiffer <neil.soiffer@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:46:22 -0800
Message-ID: <d98bce170902131746v4d56ffefkda2d80f8458abb99@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ray Kiddy <ray@ganymede.org>
Cc: www-math@w3.org
You can write MathML by hand, but MathML was not designed to be hand
authored -- it is very verbose.  Using TeX or a WYIWYG editor is the way to
go.  Most math tools these days can output MathML.

Since self-promotion came up, you can download MathType (windows or mac) for
a free 30-day trial from www.dessci.com.  Set the translator to MathML and
just do a copy and then paste it into whatever text editor you are using to
edit the XHTML. It really needs to be XHTML, not HTML -- mainly that means
getting stuff right in the headers and make sure you have start/end tags.

If you have Word, or for that matter, OpenOffice, you can save yourself alot
of trouble and just use those programs to generate the entire web page with
MathML in it.

Neil Soiffer
Senior Scientist
Design Science, Inc.
~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, WebEQ, Equation
Editor ~

On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 2:39 PM, Ray Kiddy <ray@ganymede.org> wrote:

> On Feb 12, 2009, at 12:45 PM, Thomas E. Leathrum wrote:
>> Wei Bin Chuah wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am a math teacher planning to use MathML for my website. However, when
>>> I copy and paste the code and save it as a HTML file, it does not appear as
>>> it should be. May you guys help me solve the problem?
>>> Thanks.
>> At risk of raising accusations of self-promotion, here are a couple of
>> links to things I have written to make writing MathML a bit easier:
>> http://cs.jsu.edu/~leathrum/mathtrans/mathtrans.xml<http://cs.jsu.edu/%7Eleathrum/mathtrans/mathtrans.xml>
>> http://cs.jsu.edu/~leathrum/mathtrans/articlestyledoc.xml<http://cs.jsu.edu/%7Eleathrum/mathtrans/articlestyledoc.xml>
>> or for a list of these tools, some examples, and other stuff together:
>> http://cs.jsu.edu/~leathrum/mathtrans/index.xml<http://cs.jsu.edu/%7Eleathrum/mathtrans/index.xml>
>> The earlier comment about browsers is important here, too, though:  these
>> tools really only work well in Firefox (v2.0 or later).  But I hope you will
>> find them to be worth a try.
>> Regards,
>> Tom Leathrum
> These apps are interesting. They certainly make things easier from the
> average math professional, who would probably know TeX. I am looking for the
> "DWIM" language for encoding mathematical expressions and I am not finding
> it. :-)
> I often work things out in either sage or R and want to put the result into
> some web page. I have one way to do it that works. I take a partial
> screenshot and plug the PNG file into the page. Not optimal.
> I learned HTML and such before learning math, and not the other way around.
> Additionally, tools that have been around tend to be for Windows. Do I want
> to learn TeX just to get MathML? That seems wrong. O well.
> cheers - ray
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