Drag and drop of Formulae from a Browser
Formulæ in a semantic source such as OpenMath can be presented
in web-browsers with the benefit of features that can help
in reading and understanding them. Important aspects include
the rendering quality as well as tooltips to indicate the semantics
of presented symbols.
Within the ActiveMath learning environment we have added another feature:
the ability to drag-and-drop terms from presented formulæ into formula-input
places such as the exercise formula editor, the function plotter,
or to the external world. This drag-and-drop is initiated using a contextual-menu
which comes up by clicking on a presented term. We describe the user-interface
limitations that have lead us to require these extra interactions
instead of relying on the simple copy-and-paste paradigm. We explain how
the current mechanism works and sketch how ActiveMath could collaborate
with external receiving applications.
Published:Proceedings of MathUI 06 Workshop, online