The MathML <mtext> element is used to render arbitrary text with no notational meaning, such as comments or annotations.
To display text with notational meaning, use <mi> and <mo> instead.

Attributes

class, id, style
Provided for use with stylesheets.
dir
The text direction. 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.
mathsize
Specifies the size of the content. Possible values are:
  • small:Font is rendered smaller than the current font size.
  • normal:Equivalent to 100% or 1em.
  • big:Font is rendered larger than the current font size.
  • a custom length.
  • or a unitless value which multiplies the default.
mathvariant
This attribute specifies the logical class of the identifier, which varies in typography. That is, although the names suggest the typographic style for the class, semantically, items with the same class are treated "the same" within an expression, which might or might not involve displaying them with the named typography. The following values are allowed:
  • normal (Default value) ; Example
  • bold ; Example
  • italic ; Example
  • bold-italic ; Example
  • double-struck ; Example
  • bold-fraktur ; Example
  • script ; Example
  • bold-script ; Example
  • fraktur ; Example
  • sans-serif ; Example
  • bold-sans-serif ; Example
  • sans-serif-italic ; Example
  • sans-serif-bold-italic ; Example
  • monospace ; Example
  • normal (Default) ; مثال
  • initial ; مثال
  • tailed ; مثال
  • looped ; مثال
  • stretched ; مثال

Examples

<math> 

  <mtext> Theorem of Pythagoras </mtext>  

  <mtext> /* comment here */ </mtext>
  
</math>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
MathML 3.0
The definition of 'mtext' in that specification.
Recommendation Current specification
MathML 2.0
The definition of 'mtext' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial specification

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox Full support 1IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari Full support 6WebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?
dirChrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox Full support 12IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 14Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?
hrefChrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox Full support 7IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 7Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?
mathsizeChrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox Full support 1IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari Full support 6WebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?
mathvariantChrome No support NoEdge ? Firefox Full support 28IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support 28Opera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android ?

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Gecko-specific notes

  • Starting with Gecko 20.0 (Firefox 20.0 / Thunderbird 20.0 / SeaMonkey 2.17) a unitless value for mathsize is allowed.
  • Some mathvariant values are only implemented starting with Gecko 28.0 (Firefox 28.0 / Thunderbird 28.0 / SeaMonkey 2.25) and require appropriate math fonts.

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