The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is the primary sponsor of this project through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They have shown a great support on the MathML in Chromium initiative and will be sponsoring the main part of the project which is described in the Project Roadmap.
We are very happy to have their support and we really hope more companies/organizations could join them to help us in the development of extra features, improvement of test coverage and interoperability, in addition to retake the work around MathML standard at W3C.
Math contents today are well rendered in Firefox and WebKit-based browsers. We believe they will be greatly accessible once MathML gets implemented in the most widely used browser, Chrome, which accounts for 60% of market share in desktop and 85% of market share in mobile platforms. We are seeking funding from the STEM publishing industry and organizations from the education and scientific sector that would benefit from the MathML implementation in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers.
Why fund raising? MathML implementation requires a substantial development effort that requires a team of browser experts working for more than a year to ship the initial implementation. This is one of the main reasons why we think collective funding is a great initiative as it would mean enabling MathML in all open source browsers with partial investment from the beneficiary organization.
Not only browser companies but also companies that have interest in specific specifications have collaborated with Igalia to push the implemention of web technologies forward. CSS Grid Layout is an example of such technologies whose support in Chromium and WebKit has been developed by Igalia since 2012. Mozilla or Apple have worked on integrating and maintaining MathML support in their browsers (with the help of volunteers) but the big improvements in WebKit were again led by Igalia. Implementing standards in browsers is a long-term effort that not everybody can achieve alone. That is why we started a collective fundraising campaign for implementing MathML in Chromium. This will hopefully open the way to future exciting collaborations between all the actors of the Web.
The best way for your company/organization to show support for MathML is to become an official sponsor. Become sponsor and get your logo displayed on our web site! In addition, you will get the benefits summarized below.
With your support we’ll be able to advance more in the development of additional features, improve interoperability between the different web rendering engines implementations and work on the MathML standard.