Sunday, September 24

Do you know MathML?

The interviewer shot this question at me during an online interview.
I had applied for the post of a virtual tutor in Capella University, an accredited online university.

Naturally I drew blank. Really I never even heard of that word.
He told me that e-learning students are really smart and it is better that I be prepared for such tough questions.

Since Capella University is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence, their academic staff is selected very carefully.

Capella offers 76 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves 16,000 students from all 50 states and 63 countries.

I was given 30 minutes interval during which time I must gain some knowledge about MathML and resume the interview. He suggested wikipedia as an authentic source.

I was thankful for his guidance, consumed the full half an hour and came up with this:
‘Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) is an application of XML for representing mathematical symbols and formulae, aimed at integrating them into World Wide Web documents. It is a recommendation of the W3C math working group’.

‘MathML deals not only with the presentation but can optionally also include information about the meaning of formula components (the latter part of MathML is known as MathML-Content).

‘Web pages with MathML embedded in them can be viewed as normal web pages with many browsers but visually impaired users can also have the same MathML read to them through the use of screen readers (e.g. using the MathPlayer plugin for Internet Explorer)’.

The interviewing professor was impressed with my speed and asked me to await further communication.

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