For Immediate Release
MathDaisy Adds Math Support to DAISY Production Tools
MathDaisy, now in beta, adds math support to the DAISY
Consortium's DAISY Pipeline and Microsoft's Save As DAISY products
Orlando, Florida — January 28, 2009
— At the ATIA 2009 Conference today, Design Science announced the release
of the MathDaisy beta, an add-on for the DAISY Consortium's
DAISY Pipeline and Microsoft's Save As DAISY products, which are also expected
to be released as betas at ATIA. MathDaisy adds support for
mathematical equations, making them accessible to students, teachers, engineers,
and scientists with disabilities.
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) is an
XML standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents,
including Digital Talking Books (DTBook), digital text books, and synchronized
audio/text books. DAISY is a globally recognized standard for accessible
content. It is used by NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard)
for accessible K-12 textbooks and by ePub,
a widely used standard for digital books.
The latest version of the DAISY standard requires that mathematics be
represented in MathML, the World Wide Web Consortium's standard for representing
math notation in XML.
MathDaisy is Design Science's add-in for both the
software and the
DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word. These products both convert documents into
DAISY's DTBook format. If the original documents contain mathematical equations,
then users of those products will need MathDaisy to handle them and make them
Save As DAISY
is an open source software package developed by Microsoft. Once installed, it
adds a "Save As Daisy" command to Microsoft Word XP, 2003, and 2007. This
command converts an open Microsoft Word document into DAISY's DTBook format, making use of
the DAISY Pipeline. MathDaisy installs into Save As Daisy adding math support.
The DAISY Pipeline and Save as DAISY
work just fine for many user's needs. However, organizations with their own
publishing workflow, or those wanting to create a more automated or more
powerful DAISY production facility, should be interested in Design Science's
MathFlow line of
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 and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print.
For more information please visit
+1 (562) 432-2920
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Long Beach, CA 90802