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math layout on the web

the state of MathML on the web - comment on a Slashdot article on a new comprehensive set of math fonts. summary:

  • LaTeX is the classic solution for laying out math but it's not appropriate for browsers
  • MathML is math in semantic XML, so should be good for browsers
  • but currently you have to do a lot of config to view MathML on the web, including having a specific set of fonts available
  • and MathML fares better with XHTML, because they're both XML. Firefox won't render MathML as math unless the page its on is valid XML.


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