[whatwg] Mathematics in HTML5

Øistein E. Andersen html5 at xn--istein-9xa.com
Sun Jun 11 12:23:31 PDT 2006

juanrgonzaleza at canonicalscience.com

>this may be difficult to achieve in practice, because TeX
>conversors reading TeX sources are unable to provide correct MathML markup
>for prescripts.

Conversion to MathML is obviously more difficult because the base has to be found and encoded explicitly. Still, I do _not_ say that conversion from TeX to HTML5 will be trivial in all cases.

>[classes:] "vector" or "Hilbert-vector" [or] "ket". 
>I would leave [the choice] to authors until that a generic
>semantic markup was achieved, proved to be consistent and powerful and
>then used by authors.

With all the different concepts and notational conventions that exist in different
scientific fields and mathematical disciplines, no such thing as a generic semantic mark-up is likely to appear any time soon. I tend to believe that you agree.

>Font styles would be specified via CSS styles. 

><span class="bold"> is not defined in HTML
>text, the font bold property is defined in CSS and you can call it via a
>CSS rule applied to a class you can define. For example Spanish authors
>could prefer <span class="negrita"> 

The combination of author-defined classes and CSS styling obviously makes sense in many ways. Still, I am a bit reluctant when it comes to encoding the right font using the class attribute. Perhaps a profile would make it acceptable, as suggested by Michel Fortin.

>Also "tag" is not usual in French texts.

I am afraid I do not understand what you mean.


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