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According to Carlisle, ``OM has been kicking around for a few years now as a potentially good idea, but with no real momentum behind its use. I'd say that XML and DOM style interfaces giving active documents via Java and similar languages are what makes OpenMath _more_ valid today and with a real chance of being accepted by a wider community. While it's all an academic exercise people can argue for hours, or even years on the Equation editor benefits of one encoding over another, but once systems are in place that you can have your mathematics inline in a web browser and can interact and modify it from Java applets, or cut and paste it into Maple, Mathematica etc, then people won't care so much about the encoding, so long as it works.
On the W3C's Math home page we find the following description of MathML. MathML is intended to facilitate the use and reuse of mathematical and scientific content on the Web, and for other applications such Scientific software as computer algebra systems, print typesetting, and voice synthesis. MathML can be used to encode both the presentation of mathematical notation for high-quality visual display, and mathematical content, for applications where the semantics plays more of a key role such as scientific software or voice synthesis. MathML is cast as an application of XML. As such, with adequate style sheet support, it will ultimately be possible for browsers to natively render mathematical expressions. For the immediate future, several vendors offer applets and plug-ins which can render MathML in place in a browser. Translators and equation editors which can generate HTML pages where the math expressions are represented directly in MathML will be available soon.