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Apr 23, 2000, 03:17 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The driving focus in the first-step of the project is to support Presentation markup, which is more general than Content markup. It should be recalled that a XSL-T processor (such as TransforMiiX which is scheduled to be directly available from within Mozilla) enables the rendering of Content markup by first transforming to Presentation markup. However, native support for Content markup is envisaged at some stage in the MathML project. This native option is primarily enabling, as it will provide authors the ability to perform dynamic/interactive math with both Presentation markup and Content markup through the DOM and JavaScript. In the meantime authors can simply transform Content markup to Presentation markup and/or use parallel markup."

"Efforts of the MathML project have culminated to the point where all presentational tags are recognized, except the alignment tags and --both of which happen to be unsupported by most of the existing MathML renderers. Some presentational tags need another pass to further beautify their layout, by filling such things as the italic correction and/or the amount of spacing between some tags. This finishing stylistic touch is motivated by the professionalism that authors have come to expect from sophisticated mathematical typesetting system such as TeX/LaTeX."

"Also, further work remain to render in a fully standards compliant manner, or at least at a level where its usage is pleasant when laying out common mathematical 2D constructs such as matrices, arrays, commutative diagrams. Progress in this direction will rely upon some other work in the CSS2

model that Gecko implements."

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