Mathematics

Check the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) plan for
HTML Math.

Read Paul Pollack's info on
math and HTML.

HTML does not know (much) mathematics,
but it can set simple equations, such as
E = m c^{2} .

In accordance with the usual mathematical convention,
you should use italics abc
(<i>abc</i>)
for variables,
bold italics abc
(<b><i>abc</i></b>)
for vectors,
and normal roman font for units.
Do not use the <var> tag for variables;
Netscape sets abc
(<var>abc</var>)
in italics,
but Microsoft Explorer sets it in a fixed font.

Does
abc
(<font face="symbol">abc</font>)
look greek to you?
Then your browser recognizes a symbol font.
If not,
then check
TeX2HTML
for advice on enabling the symbol font for a
Mac
or for
Unix running X.
Unfortunately, the fact that your browser can recognize symbols does not mean
that the rest of the world's browser can.

Does italic vee v look like greek nu n,
or italic wye y look like greek gamma g?
Probably.
Pity.

Does
abc
(<font face="symbol"><i>abc</i></font>)
look like greek italics?
Probably not.
Pity.

Check out Geometry Technologies, Inc.'s
WebEQ,
which uses Java to emulate HTML mathematics,
and is free to students and faculty of educational institutions.
