MathML: a Key to Math on the Web

PATRICK D.F. ION

*Mathematical Reviews* / AMS

Co-Chair W3C Math Working Group

ion@ams.org

**Abstract:**
As the Web gains in importance and as the needs of mathematical
formalism on the Web are beginning to be met by MathML, it is an
opportune time to reflect on the design decisions made by the W3C Math
Working Group that resulted in the verbose markup language for
transport of math on the Web that MathML turns out to be. The TEX
community need not be frightened by the advent of MathML, but may
learn to work in the Web environment it provides.

The presentation will describe some of the key aspects of MathML, and explain how it has begun to be used (by August 1999 the support for MathML may be expected to be much greater in a practical sense than it is now). Expected future developments and roles will be commented upon.