Getting the Internet Ready for Mathematics
Waterloo Maple Inc.
Until recently, the Internet has been dominated primarily by textually based
information. The quick defacto standardization of universal graphics
formats, such as GIF, has transformed the Web almost overnight, enriching the
information that we can see and use. The current lack of a widely used
standard for embedding mathematics and transmitting mathematical objects
hinders better use of the Internet for technical communications,
collaboration and teaching. Recent attempts have been made by the W3C
community and by the OpenMath consortium to build a language for mathematics
suitable for communications on the Web and between products that display,
compute, and otherwise use mathematics. Examples of current progress in Web
components for mathematics and embedded math engines developed by Waterloo
Maple Inc. and others will be demonstrated. These new technologies will
simplify the way in which mathematicians and technical professionals can
generate, explore and share new information. Web resources, such as Waterloo
Maple's CyberMath site, can also dramatically change the way in which
teachers create and share educational materials across the world.
© Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, 1997.