For Immediate Release
MathPlayer Public Beta Now Available
Math on the Web is now a reality
Long Beach, CA, - March 15, 2002 - Design Science, Inc., announced that a free public beta release of its new
MathPlayer product can now be downloaded from the company's web site:
www.dessci.com. MathPlayer enables
high-quality math display in Microsoft's Internet Explorer for Windows web
Most of the current mathematical content on the web is either in PDF format,
or GIF images embedded into HTML.
These techniques are limiting. For instance: the math cannot be made interactive
or used with other programs;
PDF requires the Acrobat Reader which takes over the browser, and doesn't
integrate well with the rest of a web site's HTML content; GIF images increase download
time and are difficult to manage.
The forward-thinking approach to adding math to a web page is to embed MathML into
a normal web page. MathML is a standards-based markup language for encoding mathematics using
XML, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Math Working Group (www.w3.org/math). Many products, including browsers, editors, computer
algebra programs, and publishing software currently support MathML as a medium of exchange
for mathematical content, with many more on the way. "We envision
future educators engaging students by creating
online courses containing interactive math
and science. MathML is the technology that will make this happen." said Paul
Topping, President of Design Science.
"MathPlayer, together with the soon-to-be-released Mozilla
web browser (www.mozilla.org),
is a huge step toward enabling cross-platform display and interactive Math on
the Web." said Dr. Robert Miner, the company's Director of New Product
Development. "MathPlayer is the key ingredient in the Math on the
Web pie." added Miner.
Design Science makes MathPlayer available for free in an effort to
accelerate the adoption of MathML in the math, science and education
communities. It also offers its MathType and WebEQ
products for creating and editing MathML and documents containing mathematics. The company has played a leading role in developing MathML and continues to be actively involved in the W3C Math Working
Group. The company publishes a semi-annual paper, "Math on
the Web: A Status Report", available on its web site: www.dessci.com.
About Design Science, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Design Science,
Inc., developer of MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ and
MathPlayer, develops software used by scientists, engineers and educators to
communicate on the internet and with printed documents.
Vice President Sales
Design Science, Inc.
140 Pine Avenue, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802, USA