Subject: Re: Math in DocBook (was Re: TeX output) From: MARK.WROTH@xxxxxxxxxxx (Wroth, Mark) Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 08:42:43 0700 
David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx> replied to my comment/question MBW> I'm not quite sure this is on topic for this list, but I'll take David's MBW> discussion as a springboard and ask: DC> (if this is off topic, could move to wwwmath@xxxxxx, the main mathml list) MBW> Even more, I would like to see some such addition to the canonical DocBook DTD, DC> Norm and I have from time to time discussed mml suport in docbook. DC> Although I am ashamed to admit on dsssl list that this has mainly been in DC> the context of XSL and/or xmltex rather than dsssl. [...] DC> Do Docbook users require MathML for _SGML_ docbook? I suppose that was the question I was asking; for myself the answer is both yes and no. Yes, in that I desire/need to layer mathematics on top of the SGML version of DocBook. I suppose I could switch to an XML version, and probably would if it added the functionality I need without causing problems ... but I have no particular plans or desire to make such a switch. No, in that I don't really care if the specific markup implementation is MathML. Right now, I have no effective way of layering mathematics into SGML documents, and so am reasonably free to choose an appropriate method  MathML looks attractive, but if DocBook standardized on some other mathematics markup, I'd probably use it. DC> The MathML DTD as written heavily depends on a non standard (for SGML) DC> SGMl declaration, it has no " " omittag specifications, and there are DC> several repeated truefalse enumerated attribute types. Nonstandard declarations don't especially bother me ... but I suppose this implies some need to harmonize the declaration for DocBook and that for MathML. Assuming that happens as part of the implementation, I have no preference on how the result falls out. Mark DSSSList info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/dsssl/dssslist
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