### Muddle

Nobody told me, but MathPlayer 2.0 is out of beta and has been officially released. Now, IE/Win users, even those unaccountably reluctant to install a beta plugin for use with their browser, can enjoy full MathML support^{1}. And, yes, with the plugin installed, their browser won’t choke and spit when it encounters a web page sent out as `application/xhtml+xml`

.

One can hope that, now that 90% (or whatever the number is supposed to be) of the world’s web surfers can potentially read `XHTML+MathML`

documents, we’ll see a flurry of activity, bringing MathML support to various CMS platforms.

One of the platforms I’ve been looking at is Moodle, the only CourseWare package I’ve seen that doesn’t *totally* suck. There’s been a flurry of activity to bring math-capability to **Moodle**, but, so far, the result is pretty much of a muddle. There are 3 or 4 different ways of introducing math into Moodle pages, each with its own idiosyncrasies. You’d think you know what the obvious choice is; but, alas

And as Martin explained, MathML will not display in Moodle pages under Mozilla, because Moodle currently does not produce xhtml compliant pages.

^{1} This development leaves Safari as the only major browser without MathML support. (I supposed I’m about to get flamed by the Opera users; I’ll grant them that their browser doesn’t support MathML either.) Since MathML support under Mozilla/Mac is so rotten, this leaves Mac users as the poor cousins of their Linux- and even, gallingly, of their Windows-using brethren.

## Re: Muddle

In the MathML BLOG/Wiki project at

http://www.hartlage.de:8080/hmath/space/TeX+Sandbox

we are trying to generate “Math CSS” for Opera/Safari browsers (only tested with Opera but I suppose that it should also work with Safari).

Problems with Math CSS: Sqrt and Roots are not shown in math-style; must implement some rules for better displaying stretchy characters around matrices and vectors.

BTW: do you know the AsciiMath JavaScript

http://www1.chapman.edu/~jipsen/asciimath.html

which now can be used in plain HTML files with Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox?