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Sunday May 23rd, 1999

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#17 MathML's weakness (IMHO)

by Freakazoid

Thursday May 27th, 1999 7:28 AM

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Y'all need to look at the spec for MathML. You will NEVER be able to write any MathML by hand, since it is so complex and drawn out. I write all my HTML by hand, and would want to do the same for any other browser language.

Go to <http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-math/chapter1.html> to see who wrote the spec, mostly companies

From that page, it says "As a consequence, MathML is not primarily intended for direct use by authors. While MathML is human-readable, in all but the simplest cases it is too verbose and error-prone for hand generation. Instead, it is anticipated that authors will use equation editors, conversion programs, and other specialized software tools to generate MathML. Alternatively, some renderers may convert other kinds of input directly included in Web pages into MathML on the fly, in response to a cut-and-paste operation, for example."

To me this makes no sense: Why make a spec so cryptic and precise when it needs to be used with HTML, a very unprecise language in terms of output? I DON'T want to have to go to a seperate program just to make an equation when I am writing a web page. For this reason, I doubt I will use it. I just send my advisor Postscript output from LaTeX, which works well.