Testimonials for MathML 2.0

Better communication of mathematics over the World Wide Web will further educational, scientific and technical aims. The AMS welcomes MathML 2.0 as a significant step in this direction, and looks forward to the time when widespread use of MathML facilitates accessible storage of science and interaction with it. The AMS is happy to have participated in the Working Group which has brought together industry and academics to develop the fundamental technology for integrating mathematics into the Web architecture.

Together with our partners in STIPUB the AMS hopes the future contribution of the freely-licensed STIX Fonts covering all the symbols of mathematics in Unicode will lead, in conjunction with MathML, to rich and versatile mathematical display.

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

The Boeing Company deals with many suppliers and customers worldwide. In addition, the company is geographically distributed across the United States and also has offices worldwide. We see XML as a most important future technology for exchanging data with customers, suppliers, and our own internal divisions in an environment where many different computer and software systems are employed.

In particular, with respect to MathML, there is a considerable need to interchange technical documents, containing mathematical formulas, via the web---both for communicating between different engineering groups within the company and external vendors and customers. For the immediate future, we see MathML as being a necessary technology for achieving this goal.

-- Ivor Philips, Boeing

WebEQ has been used extensively in preparing the MathML 2.0 test suite, and though work on that is still ongoing, we believe it is safe to say WebEQ will accept all tests in the suite in our next commercial release. Work on MathML 2.0 implementation is well underway internally, and full MathML 2.0 support is anticipated in our future releases. At this time, we see no important obstacles to MathML 2.0 implementation and interoperability.

-- Paul Topping, President, Design Science

IBM has helped to create first MathML 1.0 and now the MathML 2.0 Proposed Recommendation, and through our techexplorer Hypermedia Browser we have helped MathML become an enabler for many areas of Web-based education. MathML 2.0 is an example of a vocabulary that now leverages established W3C Web architecture components such as the DOM, XSL and CSS. By bringing these components together in product and standards, we expect MathML to continue the revolution in scientific and technical electronic publishing for engineers, physicians, scientists, and researchers.

-- Bob Sutor, Director, IBM e-business Standards Strategy

Waterloo Maple looks forward to a new era in the mathematical software industry. MathML 2.0 offers the critical interoperability that will enable users to coordinate Maple's world-leading symbolic computation technology with other important components such as equation editors, web browsers, and even office productivity tools. We believe that the industry has hit the limit of what the proprietary frameworks of math software can offer, and that the future lies in a truly open world where the best technologies can be integrated for maximum productivity and effectiveness. MathML 2.0 is key to establishing this exciting future. Our commitment to supporting this vision is solid, with very comprehensive and innovative tools already under development.

-- Dr. Tom Lee, VP Marketing and Executive Product Manager, Waterloo Maple Inc.

Mathematica V3 represented the first truly integrated typesetting and symbolic mathematics system. We were pleased to contribute our experience to the development of MathML, which is based on ideas in Mathematica. As the official system for processing math in US Patents, Mathematica has generated hundreds of thousands of MathML expressions since May, 1999. The experience gained from this and other users helped us contribute to MathML2.

We were especially delighted by the strong attendance at the MathML conference we hosted in Champaign, IL in the summer of 2000. The diversity of people interested in MathML indicates a bright future for this standard.
-- Theodore Gray, Member, Executive Committee, Wolfram Research, Inc.

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