Re: XS: Ports --> math

Subject: Re: XS: Ports --> math
From: Sebastian Rahtz <s.rahtz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 10:16:39 +0100 (BST)
 > Math in SGML has been so difficult for such a long time that I suspect
 > you are one of a rare few who have legacy to worry about. As I recall,
possibly true.

 > even Arbortext uses TeX as their "native" equation format. Once MathML
 > becomes "real" it will probably be the dominant math DTD format. So the
 > question becomes: are the others worth worrying about? Which one are you
dangerous attitude. you could apply it to tables as well, perhaps. 
i really think its not safe to imply `we have sorted math;
we fully understand the structures, and we can put all their problems
into specialized addons which support The One True Math DTD' - it is
after quite contrary to the whole point of XML!

 > using, and how large is your legacy base? 
we use our own math DTD. hard to quantify the size of _math_ legacy,
but we do publish ?1400 scientific journals, of which nearly all are
now in SGML. i just ran an analysis on the working database at one
site (here in Oxford) and found about 24000 articles. if 25% use math
of some kind, its quite lot of < and > ...

 > Could MathML meet your needs
 > if there were an easy way to convert your data? If not, could it be
 > fixed so that it did meet your needs?
probably. i havent done the detailed comparison. if Procrustean is the
order of the day, so be it. but a pity.


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