<math>

The top-level element in MathML is <math>. Every valid MathML instance must be wrapped in <math> tags. In addition you must not nest a second <math> element in another, but you can have an arbitrary number of other child elements in it.

Attributes

In addition to the following attributes, the <math> element accepts any attributes of the <mstyle> element.

class, id, style

Provided for use with stylesheets.

dir

Overall directionality of formulas. Possible values are either ltr (left to right) or rtl (right to left).

href

Used to set a hyperlink to a specified URI.

mathbackground

The background color. You can use #rgb, #rrggbb and HTML color names.

mathcolor

The text color. You can use #rgb, #rrggbb and HTML color names.

display

This enumerated attribute specifies how the enclosed MathML markup should be rendered. It can have one of the following values:

  • block, which means that this element will be displayed outside the current span of text, as a block that can be positioned anywhere without changing the meaning of the text;
  • inline, which means that this element will be displayed inside the current span of text, and cannot be moved out of it without changing the meaning of that text.

If not present, its default value is inline.

mode

Deprecated in favor of the display attribute. Possible values are: display (which has the same effect as display="block") and inline.

Examples

Theorem of Pythagoras

HTML5 notation

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>MathML in HTML5</title>
  </head>
  <body>

  <math>
    <mrow>
      <mrow>
        <msup>
          <mi>a</mi>
          <mn>2</mn>
        </msup>
        <mo>+</mo>
        <msup>
          <mi>b</mi>
          <mn>2</mn>
        </msup>
      </mrow>
      <mo>=</mo>
      <msup>
        <mi>c</mi>
        <mn>2</mn>
      </msup>
    </mrow>
  </math>

  </body>
</html>

XHTML notation

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1 plus MathML 2.0//EN" "http://www.w3.org/Math/DTD/mathml2/xhtml-math11-f.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
 <title>MathML in XHTML</title>
</head>
<body>

  <math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML">
    <mrow>
      <mrow>
        <msup>
          <mi>a</mi>
          <mn>2</mn>
        </msup>
        <mo>+</mo>
        <msup>
          <mi>b</mi>
          <mn>2</mn>
        </msup>
      </mrow>
      <mo>=</mo>
      <msup>
        <mi>c</mi>
        <mn>2</mn>
      </msup>
    </mrow>
  </math>

</body>
</html>

Notes: XHTML documents with MathML must be served as application/xhtml+xml. You can achieve that easily by adding the .xhtml extension to your local files. For Apache servers you can configure your .htaccess file to map extensions to the correct Mime type. Since you notate your MathML in an XML document, also be sure you write a well-formed XML document.

Specifications

Specification
MathML Core
# the-top-level-math-element

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

Firefox-specific notes

Firefox 7 introduced support for accepting all MathML attributes on the top-level math element (i.e. the same behavior as a <mstyle> element). However, the displaystyle attribute was not taken into account and has been added in Firefox 8.

A textual fall-back (alttext) or referring to an alternative image using the attributes altimg, altimg-width, altimg-height or altimg-valign is currently not implemented in Firefox.

See also