The MathML standard for describing mathematical expressions, adopted
by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is based on key ideas from
Wolfram Research's typesetting technology. This close relationship
between the web's markup standard and Mathematica's internal
representation put Mathematica in a unique position. As a result,
a full-featured authoring and evaluation environment for documents with
MathML expressions is wholly integrated into the flexible, extensible
technical document authoring system built
other Wolfram Research products.
Why did the WC3 drafting committee use Mathematica's expression box structure as the starting point?
Wolfram Research had done many years of
research into the representation, interpretation, and display of
mathematical expressions as part of the development process
of Mathematica. That effort gave Wolfram a thorough understanding of
the difficult issues involved in fully integrating presentation and
evaluation within a single environment.
Formulas written using the
MathML standard are automatically recognized by Mathematica and
converted into interactive, evaluatable, typeset expressions.