The Surprising Success of MathML

Robert Miner

The World Wide Web Consortium issued the Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) Specification as a Recommendation in April 1998. In the ensuing months, a variety of software applications have implemented MathML support, and work on native support for MathML rendering in web browsers is well underway. Several large publishers of technical material have begun migrating their production over to MathML. In addition, MathML has had a significant impact on related Web technologies such as Unicode, CSS, XSL, and DOM. This talk will review the current status of MathML adoption, and examine some of the factors behind its surprising success in the arena of Web technology, in spite of the apathetic response it has sometimes met with in the mathematics research community.

created Mon Dec 6 17:47:51 PST 1999