F Glossary (Non-Normative)
Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) Version 2.0
E Document Object Model for MathML (Non-normative)
F Glossary (Non-normative)
G Working Group Membership (Non-normative)
Several of the following definitions of terms have been borrowed or
modified from similar definitions in documents originating from W3C or
standards organisations. See the individual definitions for more
- A child of a presentation layout schema. That is, `A is an
argument of B' means `A is a child of B and B is a
presentation layout schema'. Thus, token elements have no arguments,
even if they have children (which can only be
- A parameter used to specify some property of an SGML or XML element
type. It is defined in terms of an attribute name, attribute type, and a
default value. A value may be specified for it on a start-tag for that
- The axis is an imaginary alignment line upon which a fraction line
is centered. Often, characters that can stretch such as parentheses,
brackets, braces, summation signs and so forth,, and operators are centered
on the axis and are symmetric with respect to it.
- The baseline is an imaginary alignment line upon which a glyph
without a descender rests. The baseline is an intrinsic property of the
glyph (namely a horizontal line). Often baselines are aligned (joined)
- The bounding box of the actual size taken up by the viewable
portion (ink) of a glyph or expression.
- The rectangular box of smallest size, taking into account the
constraints on boxes allowed in a particular context, which contains some
specific part of a rendered display.
- A rectangular plane area considered to contain a character or
further sub-boxes, used in discussions of rendering for display. It is
usually considered to have a baseline, height, depth and width.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- A mechanism that allows authors and readers to attach style
(e.g. fonts, colors and spacing) to HTML and XML documents.
- A member of a set of identifiers used for the organization, control
or representation of text.
Character Data (
- A SGML/XML data type for raw data which does not include markup or
entity references. Attributes of type
CDATA may contain entity
references. These are expanded by an XML processor before the attribute
value is processed as
Character or expression depth
- Distance between the baseline and bottom edge of the character
glyph or expression. Also known as the descent.
Character or expression height
- Distance between the baseline and top edge of the character glyph
or expression. Also know as the ascent.
Character or expression width
- Horizontal distance taken by the character glyph as indicated in
the font metrics, or the total width of an expression.
- A MathML content element used to place a mathematical condition on
one or more variables.
Contained (element A is contained in element
- A is part of B's content.
- A non-empty MathML Content element that is used to construct a
mathematical object such as a number, set, or list.
- MathML elements which explicitly specify the mathematical meaning
of a portion of a MathML expression (defined in chapter 4 [Content Markup]).
Content token element
- Content element having only
and presentation expressions as content. Represents either an identifier
<ci>) or a number (
Context (of a given MathML expression)
- Information provided during the rendering of some MathML data to
the rendering process for the given MathML expression; especially
information about the MathML which surrounds that expression.
- An instance of the declare element.
- (of a box) The distance from the baseline of the box to the bottom
edge of the box.
Direct subexpression (of a MathML
- A subexpression which is directly contained in E.
Directly contained (element A in element
- A is a child of B (as defined in XML); i.e. A is contained in B,
but not in any element which is itself contained in B.
Document Object Model
- A model in which the document or Web page is treated as an object
repository. This model is developed by the DOM Working Group (DOM) of the
Document Style Semantics and Specification Language(DSSSL)
- A method of specify the formatting and transformation of
SGML documents. ISO International Standard 10179:1996.
Document Type Definition (DTD)
- In SGML or XML a formal definition of the elements and the
relationship among the data elements (the structure) for a particular type
- A font-relative measure encoded by the font. Before electronic
em was the width of an
`M' in the font. In modern usage, an
is either specified by the designer of the font or is taken to be the
height (point size) of the font. Em's are typically used for font-relative
- A font-relative measure that is the height of an `x'
in the font.
exs are typically used for
font-relative vertical sizes.
- (of a box) The distance from the baseline of the box to the top
edge of the box.
<mrow> element which is
`inferred' around the contents of certain layout schemata when
they have other than exactly one argument.
Defined precisely in section 3.1.5 [Summary of Presentation Elements]
- Embedded objects such as Java applets, Microsoft Component Object
Model (COM) objects (e.g. ActiveX Controls and ActiveX Document
embeddings), and plug-ins which reside in an HTML document.
- An operator, including any `embellishment' it may
have, such as superscripts or style information. The
`embellishment' is represented by a layout schema which
contains the operator itself.
Defined precisely in section 3.2.4 [Operator, Fence, Separator or Accent].
- A sequence of ASCII characters of the form
&name; which represents some other data, typically a
non-ASCII character, a sequence of characters, or an external source of
data, e.g. a file containing a set of standard entity definitions such as
Extensible Markup Language (XML)
- A simple dialect of SGML intended to enable generic SGML to be
served, received, and processed on the Web.
- In typesetting, bracketing tokens like parentheses, braces, and
brackets which usually appear in matched pairs.
- A particular collection of glyphs of a typeface of a given size,
weight and style, eg `Times Roman Bold 12 point'.
- The actual shape (bit pattern, outline) of a character image.
Input syntax layer
- A planned MathML extension mechanism designed to facilitate hand
entry of MathML content.
- A is contained in B, but not directly contained in B.
Instance of MathML
- A single instance of the toplevel element of MathML, and/or a
single instance of embedded MathML in some other data format.
- A mathematical function that, when composed with the original
function acts like an identity function.
- A mathematical expression used to define a function in terms of
variables and an expression in those variables.
Layout schema (plural: schemata)
- A presentation element defined in Sections 3.3-3.6, other than the
empty elements defined there (i.e. not the elements defined in
section 3.5.5 [Alignment Markers](about alignment) or the empty elements
defined in section 3.4.7 [Prescripts and Tensor Indices] (about
<mmultiscripts>). The layout schemata are never
empty elements (though their content may contain nothing in some cases),
are always expressions, and all allow any MathML expressions as arguments
(except for argument count requirements and the requirement for a certain
empty element in
Mathematical Markup Language (MathML)
- The markup language (specified in this document) for describing
mathematical expression structure, together with a mathematical
- An XML element which forms part of the logical structure of a
MathML expression (within some well-formed MathML
- A single instance of a presentation element, except for the
<mprescripts/> or an instance of
within a token element (defined below); or a single instance of certain of
the content elements (see chapter 4 [Content Markup] for a precise definition
of which ones).
Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)
- A set of specifications that offers a way to interchange text in
languages with different character sets, and multi-media content among many
different computer systems that use Internet mail standards.
Operator, content element
- A mathematical object that is applied to arguments using the apply
- Used to represent ordinary operators, fences, separators in MathML
<mo>, a token element, is defined in
section 3.2.4 [Operator, Fence, Separator or Accent]).
- A general representation language for communicating mathematical
objects between application programs.
Parsed Character Data (
- An SGML/XML data type for raw data occurring in a context where
text is parsed and markup (for instance entity references and element
start/end tags) is recognised.
- Point (pt), 1 pt = 1/72 inch. Points are typically used to specify
absolute sizes for font-related objects.
- One of the empty elements defined in section 4.2.3 [Functions, Operators and Qualifiers]
and used with the apply construct to build function applications.
- MathML tags and entities intended to express the syntactic
structure of mathematical notation (defined in chapter 3 [Presentation Markup]).
Presentation layout schema
- A presentation element that can have other MathML elements as
Presentation token element
- A presentation element that can contain only parsed character data
- A MathML content element that is used to specify the value of a
specific named parameter in the application of selected pre-defined
- A MathML content element used to construct expressions such as
a < b.
- Faithfully translate into application-specific form allowing native
application operations to be performed.
Scope of a Declaration
- The portion of a MathML document to over which a particular
definition is active.
Selected subexpression (of an
- The argument of an
<maction> element (a
layout schema defined in section 3.6 [Enlivening Expressions]) which is (at any
given time) `selected' within the viewing state of a MathML
renderer, or by the
selection attribute when the
element exists only in MathML data. Defined precisely in the abovementioned
Spacelike (MathML expression)
- A MathML expression which is ignored by the suggested rendering
rules for MathML presentation elements when they determine operator forms
and effective operator rendering attributes based on operator positions in
<mrow> elements. Defined precisely in section 3.2.6 [Space].
Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
- An ISO standard (ISO 8879:1986) which provides a formal
mechanism for the definition of document structure via DTDs (Document
Type Definitions), and a notation for the markup of document instances
conforming to a DTD.
Subexpression (of a MathML expression
- A MathML expression contained (directly or indirectly) in E's
Suggested rendering rules for
MathML presentation elements
- Defined throughout chapter 3 [Presentation Markup]; the ones which use other
terms defined here occur mainly in section 3.2.4 [Operator, Fence, Separator or Accent] and in
section 3.6 [Enlivening Expressions].
- A software system written by Donald Knuth for typesetting
- Presentation token element or a Content token element. (See
Top-level element (of MathML)
math (defined in chapter 7 [The MathML Interface]).
- A typeface is a specific design of a set of letters, numbers and
symbols, such as `Times Roman' or `Chicago'.
Well-Formed MathML data
- MathML data which (1) conforms to the MathML DTD; (2) obeys the
additional rules defined in the MathML standard for the legal contents and
attribute values of each MathML element; (3) Satisfies the EBNF grammar for
- The distance from the left edge of the box to the right edge of the
Extensible Style Language (XSL)
- A style language for XML developed by W3C. See XSL FO and XSLT.
Extensible Style Language Formatting Objects (XSL FO)
- An XML vocabulary to express formatting, which is a part of XSL.
Extensible Style Language Transformation (XSLT)
- A language to express the transformation of XML documents
into other XML documents.