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"A new effort in Open Prioritization launched"

Announcing the MathML-Core Support Collective

Today we are pleased to announce a new experiment within our larger Open Prioriotization efforts: the MathML-Core Support collective. This collective will provide support for the timely development and maintenance of the MathML Core specification in browsers, and launches today with US$75,000 in initial seed funding from members of the web community.

If having a major browser feature funded by the larger community seems unusual, it is. Historically, if not necessarily intentionally, investment in web engines has been concentrated to a very few organizations. While this led to many great things, it has also created difficult challenges and tensions. We at Igalia believe many of the challenges that the web faces are best met through diversification of investment in the commons.

This effort was announced and explained at W3C’s TPAC 2021, in a talk by Eric Meyer titled Adventures in Collective Implementation. We have also posted a further discussion on our Igalia Chats podcast as part of our Web Ecosystem Health series. If you’d like to know more about the MathML-Core Collective and how you can take part, please get in touch.