History of Math on the Web

  • 1994: Dawn of the Web
  • 1997: HTML 4 — use images
  • 1998: XML & MathML 1
  • 2001: MathML 2 (fixes, CSS compatibility, ...)
  • 2002: Unicode 3.2 — 1,600 new math symbols
  • 2002: Browser support — MathPlayer for IE, Mozilla, Netscape
  • 2002: David Carlisle's Universal MathML Style Sheet (UMSS)
  • 2003: MathML 2 (2nd Edition)
  • 2004: MathPlayer 2 with MIME filtering and Accessibility

Lots of backroom use:  Patent Office, STM Publishers, Standards