# equation-block

## Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Version 1.3 Part 2: Technical Content Edition

Version
1.3
Author
OASIS DITA Technical Committee

Use the equation-block element to represent an equation that is presented as a separate block within a text flow. Block equations can be numbered.

When an equation-block element has multiple direct child elements, each child represents an alternative form of the equation. Processors are free to choose the form or forms that they use in deliverables. For example, if there is both an image and MathML markup, an HTML-generating processor could output both the image reference and the MathML with appropriate HTML class or id values to enable dynamic showing or hiding of one form or the other based on browser capability.

## Inheritance

+ topic/p equation-d/equation-block

## Example

In the following example, a block equation uses MathML as its content:

```<p>A block equation using MathML:</p>
<equation-block>
<mathml>
<m:math>
<m:semantics>
<m:mrow>
<m:msqrt>
<m:mrow>
<m:msup>
<m:mi>a</m:mi>
<m:mn>2</m:mn>
</m:msup>
<m:mo>+</m:mo><m:msup>
<m:mi>b</m:mi>
<m:mn>2</m:mn>
</m:msup>
</m:mrow>
</m:msqrt>
</m:mrow>
</m:semantics>
</m:math>
</mathml>
</equation-block>```

In the following example, a block equation uses an image as its content:

```<p>A block equation using an image:</p>
<equation-block>
<image keyref="equation-image-01">
<alt>a squared plus b squared.</alt>
</image>
</equation-block>```
In the following example, the block equation contains two alternative forms of the same equation:
```<equation-block>
<image keyref="equation-image-01">
<alt>a squared plus b squared.</alt>
</image>
<mathml>
<m:math>
<m:semantics>
<m:mrow>
<m:msqrt>
<m:mrow>
<m:msup>
<m:mi>a</m:mi>
<m:mn>2</m:mn>
</m:msup>
<m:mo>+</m:mo><m:msup>
<m:mi>b</m:mi>
<m:mn>2</m:mn>
</m:msup>
</m:mrow>
</m:msqrt>
</m:mrow>
</m:semantics>
</m:math>
</mathml>
</equation-block>```

## Attributes

The following attributes are available on this element: Universal attribute group and outputclass.