[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 15302] Add very-basic CSS-based MathML support into WebKit

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Fri Sep 28 08:44:30 PDT 2007


------- Comment #9 from eric at webkit.org  2007-09-28 08:44 PDT -------
So my opinions of MathML have gone down since yesterday.  I'm not sure it's
really a very useful addition to WebKit.


gives you some idea how screwy MathML is.  It's incredibly verbose compared to
LaTeX.  It's also not really XML.  Not only do MathML files not require a DTD
or namespace, but there also appears to be this screwy "annotation" tag, which
can contain non-xml content (probably not even in a CDATA tag).  A good example
of this is the MathML test suite http://www.w3.org/Math/testsuite/ which has
lots of mml files which are not valid XML.  Also, the MathML test suite seems
even worse than the SVG test suite (at least in ease of use, not necessarily
coverage... as I don't know MathML anyway).

It's of course totally possible to work around all these issues and build a
working MathML implementation, but given how little MathML seems to be used on
the Web, I'm not sure it's worth it.  (Also, I keep expecting someone to make
an XSL stylesheet which knows how to render MathML perfectly using an SVG

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