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For Immediate Release

MathFlow Editor Extends MathML Support to XMetaL Users

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- July 19, 2004 -- Design Science announced today the release of MathFlow Editor™ 1.0 for XMetaL. This latest addition to its MathFlow line of MathML publishing workflow components gives users of Blast Radius' XMetaL 4.5 Author and XMAX (XMetaL for ActiveX) the ability to compose and edit mathematical expressions in documents expressed in MathML, the XML-based standard for expressing mathematical notation established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). MathFlow Editor for XMetaL was developed in partnership with Blast Radius.

STM (Science/Technical/Medical, including educational) publishers are moving rapidly toward XML-based production workflows. Since the presence of mathematical notation is one of the defining characteristics of STM content, and MathML is the de facto standard for representing mathematics in XML, MathML is the obvious choice for representing mathematical content. In addition, STM publishers are often required by Federal and State laws (e.g., Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act) to produce accessible versions of their products. MathML is a key to making mathematics accessible to visually impaired readers and Design Science is a major vendor of math-to-speech technology. However, MathML, like all XML-based languages, is generally too complex and tedious to be effectively edited by hand. MathFlow Editor provides an easy-to-use, point and click interface for creating and editing mathematical notation represented in MathML.

MathFlow Editor for XMetaL is the newest addition to Design Science's growing line of MathML components for publishing. It joins its MathFlow for Arbortext group of products that adds MathML editing, document conversion, and composition to Arbortext's Epic and E3 products. According to Paul Topping, Design Science's CEO, "XMetaL has long been one of the most important tools in the XML arena. I'm happy to see our MathFlow Editor joined with XMetaL. Together, they form a top-notch tool for editing technical publishing content."

MathFlow Editor for XMetaL is available immediately from Design Science. Information and evaluation software for this product, along with the rest of the MathFlow line, can be found on the company's web site:

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Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ, MathFlow, MathPlayer and TeXaide, to communicate on the web and in print. For more information please visit


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