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design - syntax - usage - notations - styles - contexts - why? - demo

The MINSE Project

a Medium-Independent Notation for Structured Expressions

Why use MINSE?

What's the point of this whole project anyway? Other methods of getting mathematics to show up on the Web exist, but they aren't quite like this. Discover the advantages of using MINSE.

A guide to MINSE

The name is intended to convey the design philosophy and purpose of this representation system. (The "N" for "Notation" is somewhat out-of-date as "notation" now means something else, so this project really deserves another name to refer to the whole body of concepts.)

MINSE itself is very simple, so there isn't a lot that needs to be described. This guide contains the following documents:


Extensibility is designed into MINSE from the start; it allows you to define your own notations and allows different sets of meanings for different applications, which are called contexts. The following documents describe how this works.

Current developments

Have a look at this excerpt from an AMS article to see what MINSE can do.

This site won the 1996 Canadian Internet Award for Best Science Site! Thanks to everyone who supported this site in the voting rounds.

Version 0.4 of the polymediator was installed on 14 October. Since version 0.3 it's been capable of both graphical and textual rendering, making it the first true polymedia system for structured expressions on the WWW.

You can have a look at what the polymediator and renderer do on the demonstration page or on a page of examples. Since there isn't exactly a lot to look at out there on the Web yet, i've also written a little script that will let you type in expressions and feed them to the polymediator. Try out the test script to see it in action!

On 6 June, this site was selected as one of the ten best sites in c.i.w.announce.

Please feel free to send me your thoughts about this proposal.

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