Blogging with MathML

Friday, December 8, 2006 - 2:00pm - 2:30pm
EE/CS 3-180
Jacques Distler (The University of Texas at Austin)
Four years ago, I set out to see whether one could used weblogs as an effective vehicle for communicating ideas in Physics. Not knowing any better, I decided to use
the much-heralded, but seldom-used web technologies of XHTML+MathML (with the occasional bit of SVG, for good measure). Between my own blog, Musings, and The String
Coffee Table, which I host on my server, there are nearly a thousand posts, and many thousands of comments, making them one of the largest collections of MathML on
the web.

On the one hand, this was a social experiment, in adopting the web (and weblogs, in particular) as a conduit for scientific communications. On the other hand, it was
a technological experiment, in making the technology easy enough for mere physicists to use. I would like to address both aspects in this talk.