A server for interactive mathematics on the internet
By XIAO, Gang
2 June 1999
- Basic design principles
- Capabilities of the system
- Interfaces with background programs
- Virtual classes
- Security considerations
We describe in this paper the project ``WWW Interactive Mathematics Server'',
designed for supporting intensive mathematics works via the internet with
server-side interactivity, accessible at the address http://wims.unice.fr.
The following main features of the system are described:
A modular design allowing applications and software interfaces to be created
and maintained independently from each other.
Existing interfaces for softwares including MuPAD, PARI/GP, Gnuplot, Povray,
Coq (proof assistant).
Dynamic rendering of mathematical formulas and animated graphics.
A structure of virtual classes, including mechanisms for automatic score
gathering and processing.
Design principles of the system are discussed, including session control,
security measures and anti-cheating mechanisms.
Département de mathématiques
Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis
06108 Nice, France