[webkit-dev] Attaching Additional Semantics to Markup

Alex Milowski alex at milowski.org
Wed Sep 16 07:04:46 PDT 2009

On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> Code to enable reading of MathML via assistive technologies should go right
> into WebKit itself - that's where we have the support for reading paragraphs
> or tables. It doesn't have to be an extension. WebCore/accessibility would
> be the place to look. In particular that's where code to read math via
> VoiceOver on Mac, Orca on Linux, or tools like JAWS or Windows-Eyes on
> Windows. I'm not sure if that's the sort of thing you have in mind.

Yes, that's true.  That's a bad example for what I was thinking.  Although,
a vendor might have a better implementation of something we do directly in

I was just thinking in general that I'd want a way providing additional
semantics via "addons" much like you can with Firefox.  But even there you'd
have an arduous task of scanning documents for MathML islands.

I'll have to think about a better use case.  Possible something like "graph
this, ... import it into Maple, ... ontology/definition lookups".

--Alex Milowski
"The excellence of grammar as a guide is proportional to the paucity of the
inflexions, i.e. to the degree of analysis effected by the language

Bertrand Russell in a footnote of Principles of Mathematics

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