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For Immediate Release

New Math on the Web Products Announced

Long Beach, CA, - October 12, 2000 - Design Science, Inc., the developer of WebEQ, MathType and the Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, announced that they are introducing new products for authoring and displaying math on the Web. MathPlayer, MathPage and a new version of WebEQ will be demonstrated during the MathML International Conference 2000, being held October 20 & 21 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The shipping dates have not been announced. 

About MathPlayer

MathPlayer is plug-in software for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 that enables it to display MathML in Web pages. "MathPlayer will finally bring MathML to the masses, enabling scientists, engineers, educators and students to communicate math more effectively on the Web," said Paul R. Topping, President of Design Science. The company intends to make MathPlayer available free on its Web site.

About MathPage

MathPage saves Microsoft Word documents as Web pages, and converts MathType or Equation Editor equations to MathML code or GIF images that are properly baselined, print nicely, have cross-browser support and additional features that will be demonstrated at the MathML Conference. "Since 75% of the world's scientific and technical documents are Microsoft Word documents with Equation Editor and MathType equations, it's very important that our users have a way to present those documents on the Web. We're delighted to introduce a product that will enable our users to effortlessly convert their existing documents to Web documents, with superior results," said Peter Cooper, Director of Engineering for Design Science. MathPage is currently in beta and will soon be released as part of the next MathType upgrade.

About WebEQ

Design Science recently acquired WebEQ to expand its product line into dynamic math. WebEQ is a complete suite of tools for building dynamic math Web pages. It includes the WebEQ Equation Editor and Page Wizard for authoring MathML, a scriptable Math Viewer applet for displaying dynamic math in Web pages, an Equation Input Control for entering math expressions into Web forms, and a command-line version of the Page Wizard that can be used from CGI scripts or other server software to process MathML for a wide range of dynamic math Web applications. The next release of WebEQ will include state-of-the-art content MathML authoring and processing capabilities, new programming and interactivity features, and greatly improved and simplified MathML editing.

"Right now WebEQ is a developer's tool for putting dynamic math on the Web. We're expanding its functionality to make it a more powerful Web development tool and then we plan to improve the user interface so that anyone, not just people with programming backgrounds, can build dynamic math Web pages," said Dr. Robert Miner, Director of New Product Development for Design Science. "In the meantime, our MathType product is the de facto standard for publishing math pages in print and on the Web. The plan is to have all our customers use all of our products and expand the user base through innovation," said Miner.

About Design Science, Inc.

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Design Science, Inc. develops software for publishing mathematical notation in print and Web-based technical documents and for building Web pages with dynamic math. 

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Contact:

Bruce Virga
Vice President Sales
brucev@dessci.com
800-827-0685
562-432-2920

Design Science, Inc.
140 Pine Avenue, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

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