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Mathematical Computations on the Web: The Maple approach
Maple is a well known environment for interactive numeric and symbolic computations as well as for producing rich technical documents. This paper explores options in order to make these capabilities accessible to a wider audience, on the web.
MapleNet is a server version of the Maple engine. Using this technology,
Maple computations can be deployed in three different ways.
We will looks at a number of usage scenarios for MapleNet, from delivering educational content through deploying enterprise applications to an intranet.
MapleTA delivers Maple computations in a different way and for a different purpose. MapleTA is an environment for online testing and assessment. Practice sessions, assignments, quizzes and exams can be set up by an instructor to be taken by her or his students through a browser interface. MapleTA assists the instructor by automatically grading assignments and by keeping track of historical grades and performing statistics. A Maple engine on the MapleTA server is used for two main tasks:
Throughout these applications, Maple, MapleNet and MapleTA, MathML is used to encode and display mathematical expressions, ensuring seamless communication among these products and interoperability with third party applications like WebEQ. We will show how these technologies work together to enable the authoring of a mathematical document, its conversion to an HTML web page which can then be turned into a live online document using MapleNet.
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