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**·** Adobe Systems **·**
American Mathematical Society** ·
**Design Science **·** Digital
Equipment Corporation **·** Elsevier
Science **· **Geometry Technologies
**· **Hewlett Packard **·**
IBM **·** SIAM
**·** Stilo Technology **·
**University of Western Ontario **·**
Waterloo Maple **·** Web
Pearls** ·** Wolfram Research **·
**Zona Research **·**

"Written mathematics encodes complex information succinctly
and relies on the eye's ability to read a mathematical expression in any
one of several desired ways. Providing equivalent functionality when presenting
mathematics aurally requires access to the underlying representation and
meaning of a math expression as opposed to any specific visual appearance.
MathML captures the best of many previous mathematical encoding systems to
provide a notation that can be translated to rich visual as well as aural
presentations. The desire to arrive at a system that enables mathematical
information to be both presented and computed on has led to a system that
allows audio formatters of MathML to present a rich browsing interface to
the listener as introduced in systems like
AsTeR --Audio System For
Technical Readings."

**-- T.V. Raman, Adobe Systems**

"The American Mathematical Society continues to support
the development of electronic standards for encoding mathematics that began
with its support of TeX in the early 1980s. Finding effective ways to communicate
mathematics on the Web and melding TeX into the Web environment have been
especially important challenges. The AMS is proud to have been a participant
in the development of the MathML specification, which goes a long way toward
meeting these challenges."

**-- Dr. Donald G. Babbitt, Publisher, American Mathematical Society**

"Approval of the MathML Specification is an important
step toward the ultimate goal of making it as easy to include mathematics
in Web pages as it is to include text. As mathematics is the language of
science and engineering, and the Web was created by scientists and engineers,
this is well overdue."

**-- Paul Topping, President, Design Science, Inc.**

"The ability to deliver formulas, and in particular
mathematical formulas has been a significant challenge with SGML, and the
web based derivatives of SGML. MathML is a major step forward in developing
a common solution to this requirement, and will facilitate the movement of
significant amounts of technical material into the Web, and digital libraries
in general."

**-- Jim Isaak, Director Information Infrastructure Standardization, Digital
Equipment Corporation**

"The Mathematical Markup Language is of critical
importance for establishing a high level quality environment for math publishing
on the World Wide Web. Elsevier Science, as a full member of the World Wide
Web Consortium, is happy to have participated actively in developing this
new standard and to ensure it fits with the scientific community.

**-- Eefke Smit, Publisher Mathematics and Computer Science, Elsevier
Science**

"The importance of effectively sharing scientific
knowledge on a global scale cannot be overestimated. MathML is an important
enabling technology for making available richly-interconnected, interactive,
scientific information to anyone with an inquisitive mind and a web
browser."

**-- Richard McGehee, President, Geometry Technologies, Inc.**

"Hewlett Packard welcomes MathML as a major advance, with
tremendous potential for improving the quality of printing for math on the
Web. Students, technicians and scientists will be no longer be distracted
by the inferior quality inherent in using bitmapped images or ASCII
renditions."

**-- Tim Campbell, R&D Project Manager, Laser Systems Group,
Hewlett-Packard**

"As a contributor in the creation of the MathML Proposed
Recommendation, we expect MathML to be an enabler for many areas of Web-based
education. In addition, the flexibility of MathML could revolutionize scientific
and technical electronic publishing for engineers, physicians, scientists,
and researchers. Through IBM's techexplorer Hypermedia Browser on the IBM
alphaWorks site, we are already providing a preview of software to render
MathML."

**-- John Patrick, Vice President of Internet Technology,
IBM**

"SIAM wholeheartedly supports MathML. We publish eleven
journals and put all eleven journals on line since January 1997. However,
we have limited on line posting of journal articles to PDF and Postscript
formats, because we felt there was not a good solution to displaying mathematics
on the web. This has limited our ability to link articles. We feel there
is a critical need for simple methods for rendering and displaying mathematics
on the web, and MathML promises to provide this capability."

**-- Jim Crowley, Executive Director, SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics)**

"MathML is a major advance in the development of markup
for mathematics,particularly in the support for the encoding of mathematical
semantics. It is an important step forward in the development of electronic
scientific publishing. Stilo Technology are proud to have contributed to
the development of MathML."

**-- Prof. Roy Pike FRS., Chairman, Stilo Technology Ltd.**

"Universities are built upon the communication of ideas.
So far the World Wide Web has been very effective in conveying visual and
textual content. Many subjects require mathematical content, which up to
now could not be conveyed readily. With MathML, the Web becomes an enabling
tool in the instruction of technical subjects and research communication
in the quantitative disciplines."

**-- Dr. Paul Davenport, President and Vice Chancellor, The University of
Western Ontario, Canada**

"As the developer of the leading technical computing
product Maple V, Waterloo Maple is committed to support industry standards
such as MathML. The accurate, standards-based communication and presentation
of technical information represented by MathML, facilitates the reality of
live math on the Web. As an integral partner in W3C's development of MathML,
Waterloo Maple is pleased to see MathML 1.0 reach this important milestone.
We are dedicated to further development and adoption of this revolutionary
specification."

**-- Dieter Hensler, President & CEO, Waterloo Maple Inc.**

"At Web Pearls we are implementing interactive Mathematics
components and applications using MathML and its natural semantics-oriented
companion, OpenMath, so we are absolutely delighted that W3C has adopted
MathML. Finally, it will be possible to 'do Mathematics' on the Web in a
standard way."

**-- Dr. Chris Howlett, President and CEO Web Pearls Inc.**

"While developing
Mathematica 3, Wolfram Research
learned how to create the first truly integrated mathematical display and
evaluation environment. We contributed the result of our research to the
MathML standard—-MathML
and Mathematica 3 share the same conceptual framework. With MathML,
Mathematica users have yet another format to exchange their results on the
web. MathML will allow both importing and exporting of formulas—-structure
intact."

**-- Roger Germundsson Director, Research & Development, Wolfram Research,
Inc. **

"This is to the engineering and scientific community what
HTML was to the rest of us."

**-- Martin Marshall, Zona Research, InfoWorld, Feb 26 1998**

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