New Draft of SVG Spec
Wednesday April 28th, 1999
#13 Re:New Draft of SVG Spec
by Roger B. Sidje <email@example.com>
Sunday May 2nd, 1999 5:34 PM
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It is true that most users don't need MathML. Interestingly however, the rest, i.e those that will need it, is not a negligible part either.
Most users are on Windows yes, but Linux users are currently estimated at about 7 millions...
The academic/scientific community is spread over all flavors of *nix/Windows and is even greater. An emerging concept dubbed "flexible delivery" is taking shape within universities. It goes further than just dumping teaching materials on the web with ugly and cumbersome math.gif :-) It involves interactive distance learning, online examinations and marking, etc. With MathML will come such things as "scientific chat", "scientific message boards" where formulas in plain text (using a language called TeX) are sent flying over the net, converted in MathML, and displayed nicely and meaningfully, thus enabling more fruitful and enjoyable messaging between students, teachers, and researchers.
We are eagerly awaiting MathML.