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Design Science Releases MathPlayer 2.1

New version supports Internet Explorer 7 and adds accessibility features

LONG BEACH, Calif. — September 17, 2007 — Design Science, Inc. today announced the release of MathPlayer 2.1, adding support for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 and new features to help students with vision and learning disabilities. This new version reinforces the company's commitment to furthering math-accessibility technology for web pages and braille.

MathPlayer's math-to-speech technology has been enhanced to synchronously highlight the mathematics as it is spoken. Synchronized highlighting can be a learning aid for all students, and has been shown to be particularly effective for people with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. MathPlayer 2.1 also supports DotsPlus, a braille math format for use with Tiger braille printers, and seamlessly integrates with leading screen reader software, such as JAWS, Window-Eyes, HAL, Read & Write, and BrowseAloud.

"MathPlayer 2.1 contains the initial results of our NSF SBIR grant. There are many more exciting features coming in the next release, both for people with vision impairments and for the general user. We are committed to making MathPlayer the best viewer for math and MathML for everyone." said Dr. Neil Soiffer, Senior Scientist at Design Science and the grant's principal investigator.

"The continuing development of MathPlayer is an outgrowth of Design Science's commitment to creating software tools needed by the education, scientific and publishing communities to make math accessible. We believe math can and should be made accessible, and we are working with the accessibility community to make this goal a reality." said Steve Noble, Director of Accessibility Policy for Design Science.

MathPlayer can be downloaded free from the MathPlayer area of the Design Science website (www.dessci.com/mathplayer). Anyone publishing web pages that include MathML can use the company's "Download MathPlayer" button on their web pages, linking their readers to the free software.

About Design Science

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 www.dessci.com

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