National Information Standards Organization

To support the implementation of MathML in the open source Chromium browser

  • Amount $197,372
  • City Baltimore, MD
  • Investigator Todd Carpenter
  • Year 2018
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Scholarly Communication

Somewhere between 50% and 60% of internet users use Google Chrome to browse the web. Chrome, unfortunately, doesn’t natively display mathematics using the standard XML markup language MathML. This forces sites like Wikipedia to generate static images of mathematical notation from the underlying MathML when Chrome can’t render the markup on its own. Not only does this have implications for accessibility, it also inhibits the development of innovative new interfaces and applications that would rely on dynamic interaction with mathematical notation via browser-based programming languages like JavaScript. Funds from this grant will support a project led by the National Information Standards Organization to implement full MathML rendering in Chromium (the open source codebase underlying the Chrome web browser). Technical development will be undertaken by developers at Igalia, an open source software consultancy that has played a key role in MathML integration in other major web engines.

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