[whatwg] Mathematics in HTML5
alexey at feldgendler.ru
Tue Jun 20 06:16:01 PDT 2006
On Tue, 20 Jun 2006 19:20:28 +0700, White Lynx <whitelynx at operamail.com>
>>>> 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.
Ok, I've looked through some archived mail in this list, and I'm convinced
that we need <formula>.
>> At least it wouldn't be a no-op element (that is, an element which
>> 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.
If I was reinventing HTML from scratch now, I would drop HEAD and BODY and
leave just the HTML element. But we have backward compatibility preventing
us from doing this, of course. And, just like I said, a lot of pages
misuse HEAD and BODY just because omitting them or messing them up doesn't
break the page display.
Alexey Feldgendler <alexey at feldgendler.ru>
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