[whatwg] Mathematics in HTML5

White Lynx whitelynx at operamail.com
Tue Jun 20 05:20:28 PDT 2006

Alexey Feldgendler wrote:

>>> How should "formula" be used? There has been some discussion about it.

>> In case when everything is reduced to fractions and simple indices,
>> it can be optional. But having such an element is still important for  
>> those who want to mark formulae explictly.

> Then why include it now? It can be added later.

And what to do until then?
Use <em>ax<sup>2</sup> + bx + c = 0</em>
<span class="math">ax<sup>2</sup> + bx + c = 0</span>
how to mark math formula? Don't tell us to use microformats.

> On the other hand, an element for out-of-line formulae would be nice. 

Inline formula is formula too, it needs to be marked somehow.

> At  
> least it wouldn't be a no-op element (that is, an element which doesn't  
> change the appearance of the document unless specially styled). 

In the same manner you can remove html and head, they are no-op elements.

formula element is important from structural point of view.

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