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Fwd: MathML support in Wikipedia

Frédéric WANG
Dear all,

I'm forwarding a message from Gabriel Wicke (MediaWiki employee) and
Moritz Schubotz (volunteer working on the Math extension) announcing the
new MathML mode in Wikipedia. The main difference with the previous
MathJax mode is that both the MathML & SVG conversions are performed
server-side and cached into a database for further rendering
(consequently much faster). In Gecko, only the MathML is displayed and
the SVG images are never loaded, so this is actually even faster than
the old PNG mode. Moreover, for browsers and accessibility tools relying
on presentation MathML we no longer need to switch to the MathJax native
MathML output since the MathML is now directly available in the page
source. For demos, see http://math-preview.wmflabs.org/wiki/Main_Page#Demos

For now, you still need a user account to switch to that mode. This is
scheduled for 1.25wmf4, so this is only available on MediaWiki.org and
test wikis but will be on all wikipedia sites next Thursday. See
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.25/Roadmap#Schedule_for_the_deployments

Oh, and the biggest problem we have in Gecko is that the Latin Modern
Math WOFF font does not work well on some versions of Windows
(https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1014498) so for now the
system Cambria Math is used, which has inconsistent style with PNG/SVG
and some rendering bugs.

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Sujet : MathML support in Wikipedia
Date de renvoi : Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:17:03 +0000
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Date : Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:12:17 +0200
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Pour : LaTeXML project <[hidden email]>,
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Dear all,

Since the time when TeX markup was announced on Wikipedia back in 2003
[1], it was always intended to replace PNG images by a better way to
render mathematical formulae. We added a mode to produce MathML
formulae, which can be better integrated into the text (scalability,
alignment, styling,  etc.), is accessible to people with disabilities
and improves page loading speed.

This will enhance your experience if you use an HTML5 compatible
browser like Firefox, or MathML aware accessibility tools (such as
screen readers). But even for MathML-disabled browsers such as the
current version of Chrome, we provide an SVG fallback that will bring
significant improvements.

In addition, we would like to highlight the following features

1.       Accessibility support
2.       Differentiation between display and inline styles
3.       Improved alignment
4.       Unique IDs

Visit http://math-preview.wmflabs.org/ for further information and
demos of the aforementioned features or read our research paper [2]
for additional background information.

The mathoid Team

gwicke (Gabriel Wicke), physikerwelt (Moritz Schubotz)

Thanks to everybody who supported us with our developments e.g:
Frédéric Wang, Peter Krautzberger, Davide P. Cervone, Howard Cohl,
Bruce Miller, Michael Kohlhase, Deyan Ginev, Volker Sorge, Gerardo
Capiel, Alexandros Kosiaris, C. Scott Ananian, Derk-Jan Hartman …

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Help:Displaying_a_formula\&oldid=15233
[2] http://arxiv.org/pdf/1404.6179v1.pdf

Moritz Schubotz
TU Berlin, Fakultät IV
DIMA - Sekr. EN7
Raum EN742
Einsteinufer 17
D-10587 Berlin
Germany

Tel.: +49 30 314 22784
Mobil.: +49 1578 047 1397
Fax:  +49 30 314 21601
E-Mail: [hidden email]
Skype: Schubi87
ICQ: 200302764
Msn: [hidden email]





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Re: Fwd: MathML support in Wikipedia

Frédéric WANG
The announcement on the MediaWiki list:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/mediawiki-l/2014-October/043482.html

Le 17/10/2014 10:29, Frédéric WANG a écrit :

> Dear all,
>
> I'm forwarding a message from Gabriel Wicke (MediaWiki employee) and
> Moritz Schubotz (volunteer working on the Math extension) announcing the
> new MathML mode in Wikipedia. The main difference with the previous
> MathJax mode is that both the MathML & SVG conversions are performed
> server-side and cached into a database for further rendering
> (consequently much faster). In Gecko, only the MathML is displayed and
> the SVG images are never loaded, so this is actually even faster than
> the old PNG mode. Moreover, for browsers and accessibility tools relying
> on presentation MathML we no longer need to switch to the MathJax native
> MathML output since the MathML is now directly available in the page
> source. For demos, see http://math-preview.wmflabs.org/wiki/Main_Page#Demos
>
> For now, you still need a user account to switch to that mode. This is
> scheduled for 1.25wmf4, so this is only available on MediaWiki.org and
> test wikis but will be on all wikipedia sites next Thursday. See
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.25/Roadmap#Schedule_for_the_deployments
>
> Oh, and the biggest problem we have in Gecko is that the Latin Modern
> Math WOFF font does not work well on some versions of Windows
> (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1014498) so for now the
> system Cambria Math is used, which has inconsistent style with PNG/SVG
> and some rendering bugs.
>
> -------- Message transféré --------
> Sujet : MathML support in Wikipedia
> Date de renvoi : Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:17:03 +0000
> De (renvoi) : [hidden email]
> Date : Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:12:17 +0200
> De : Physikerwelt <[hidden email]>
> Pour : LaTeXML project <[hidden email]>,
> [hidden email]
>
>
>
> Dear all,
>
> Since the time when TeX markup was announced on Wikipedia back in 2003
> [1], it was always intended to replace PNG images by a better way to
> render mathematical formulae. We added a mode to produce MathML
> formulae, which can be better integrated into the text (scalability,
> alignment, styling,  etc.), is accessible to people with disabilities
> and improves page loading speed.
>
> This will enhance your experience if you use an HTML5 compatible
> browser like Firefox, or MathML aware accessibility tools (such as
> screen readers). But even for MathML-disabled browsers such as the
> current version of Chrome, we provide an SVG fallback that will bring
> significant improvements.
>
> In addition, we would like to highlight the following features
>
> 1.       Accessibility support
> 2.       Differentiation between display and inline styles
> 3.       Improved alignment
> 4.       Unique IDs
>
> Visit http://math-preview.wmflabs.org/ for further information and
> demos of the aforementioned features or read our research paper [2]
> for additional background information.
>
> The mathoid Team
>
> gwicke (Gabriel Wicke), physikerwelt (Moritz Schubotz)
>
> Thanks to everybody who supported us with our developments e.g:
> Frédéric Wang, Peter Krautzberger, Davide P. Cervone, Howard Cohl,
> Bruce Miller, Michael Kohlhase, Deyan Ginev, Volker Sorge, Gerardo
> Capiel, Alexandros Kosiaris, C. Scott Ananian, Derk-Jan Hartman …
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Help:Displaying_a_formula\&oldid=15233
> [2] http://arxiv.org/pdf/1404.6179v1.pdf
>
> Moritz Schubotz
> TU Berlin, Fakultät IV
> DIMA - Sekr. EN7
> Raum EN742
> Einsteinufer 17
> D-10587 Berlin
> Germany
>
> Tel.: +49 30 314 22784
> Mobil.: +49 1578 047 1397
> Fax:  +49 30 314 21601
> E-Mail: [hidden email]
> Skype: Schubi87
> ICQ: 200302764
> Msn: [hidden email]
>
>
>
>
>


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Frédéric Wang
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