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From "Mark R. Diggory" <>
Subject Re: [math] ... just one more reference...
Date Tue, 14 Oct 2003 23:43:42 GMT
Paul Libbrecht wrote:

> Oh wonder!
> Jakarta project now has a math project!
> That's great! Indeed, the justification to have such a project are quite 
> valid!
> Dare I add at least one pointer on the list of Developers Guide 
> references ?

Yes, it should be added

> The OpenMath society has been working on an XML-based encoding for 
> mathematical objects, since quite a long time (about ten years), the 
> encoding is light and extensible.
> OpenMath also comes with a growing set of mathematical symbols which are 
> well defined and have managed to avoid an amount of ambiguities that has 
> appreared, for example, in MathML content or the Handbook of special 
> functions.
> It would be quite easy to write a plug that would allow mathematical 
> objects or operations to be expressed in this language (for which 
> editors, input-syntaxes, and presentation-processes exist)...
> Any thoughts ?
> Paul

Yes, Dreams... ;-) I've actually had thoughts about a Jelly based 
MathML/OpenMath taglibrary which would evaluate MathML/OpenMath XML 
fragments, generating a series of Java Objects representing the equation 
expressed in the syntax. Ideally, if a functional model was applied 
properly, such "equations" could be "evaluated" to return values.


Mark Diggory
Software Developer
Harvard MIT Data Center

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