<mtext>

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 (partially implemented, see bug 114365 & bug 162405)
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)
  • bold
  • italic
  • bold-italic
  • double-struck Unimplemented
  • bold-fraktur Unimplemented (bold works)
  • script Unimplemented
  • bold-script Unimplemented (bold works)
  • fraktur Unimplemented
  • sans-serif
  • bold-sans-serif
  • sans-serif-italic
  • sans-serif-bold-italic
  • monospace
  • initial Unimplemented
  • tailed Unimplemented
  • looped Unimplemented
  • stretched Unimplemented

Examples

<math> 

  <mtext> Theorem of Pythagoras </mtext>  

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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Not supported (24 only) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) Not supported 9.5 5.1
dir Not supported 12.0 (12.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
href Not supported 7.0 (7.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
WebKit bug 85733
mathsize Not supported (24 only) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) Not supported Not supported 5.1
mathvariant Not supported (24 only) partially supported (see above) Not supported partially supported (see above) partially supported (see above)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support Not supported Not supported 1.0 (1.9.2) Not supported Not supported Not supported
dir Not supported Not supported 12.0 (12.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
href Not supported Not supported 7.0 (7.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
mathsize Not supported Not supported 1.0 (1.9.2) Not supported Not supported Not supported
mathvariant Not supported Not supported partially supported (see above) Not supported Not supported Not supported

Gecko-specific notes

  • Starting with Gecko 20.0 (Firefox 20.0 / Thunderbird 20.0 / SeaMonkey 2.17) a unitless value for mathsize is allowed.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
MathML 3.0 Recommendation Current specification
MathML 2.0 Recommendation Initial specification

 

Document Tags and Contributors

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