[whatwg] Mathematics in HTML5

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Fri Jun 2 03:07:44 PDT 2006

Quoting White Lynx <whitelynx at operamail.com>:
>> I think you make a compelling case for adding math to HTML the simple
>> way. Personally, I'm open to adding it to HTML5. How much would it add
>> to the specification?
> In ISO 12083 Electronic Manuscript Format description of   
> mathematical markup occupies about 7 pages, in our case I expect   
> specification to be slightly larger (let's say about 10-15 pages).   
> It should not take too much space as presentational burden is passed  
>  to style sheets, so detailed formatting instructions will not be   
> part of specification. Size of extra DTD will be about 4K in case of  
>  plain DTD, if modularized in XHTML 1.1 fashion it will be larger   
> (about 10K).

So WHATWG doesn't really care about DTDs. (There are two people  
involved with that though for validating.) What's needed for a  
specification is error handling, how it interoperates with existing  
HTML, etc.

Anne van Kesteren

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