N-1-1-020.23 Mathematics, by Flemming Topsoe*,
An issue of central importance for efficient electronic interchange
and processing of mathematical documents is that of standard
representation. In order not to limit future possibilities, the
representation should reflect structure, i.e., mathematical semantic
content (rather than layout). A completely faithful representation is
neither feasible nor desirable.
The best chance to achieve a result within a short time horizon seems
to be to agree on a selection of DTD's (Document Type Definitions) in
the sense of SGML (Standardized General Markup Language) in order to
define types of Mathematical Documents (Articles, Expressions, etc.).
A committee with an aim as indicated above has just been formed as a
sub-committee of a committee sponsored by AAP (American Association of
Publishers). The committee is chaired by William B. Woolf of the AMS
(American Mathematical Society) and will base its work on suggestions
and results already obtained by the following organizations or
projects:
AAP
AMS
Arbortext
Euromath Project,
ISO (TR 9573)
TEI (Text Encoding Initiative)
It is an absolute necessity that professional mathematicians take an
active part in this work. Interested persons should contact the
chairman, W.B.Woolf .
*Professor, University of Copenhagen, Mathematical Institute