Changes in MathPlayer 4
MathPlayer 4 (released January 2016) includes the following:
- Enhanced speech, including a new classroom-friendly speech style developed as part of a Dept of Ed IES grant: "Clear Speak"
- Support of navigating expressions:
- Three modes of navigation for flexibility, including a novel enhanced mode of navigation that infers the structure of the math.
- Support for reading or overviews.
- Support for placemarkers so that important parts of an equation can be remembered and spoken or moved to quickly.
- Support for speaking Chemical formulas either "spelled out" (e.g., "C O 2") or as compounds (e.g., "carbon dioxide").
Changes in MathPlayer 4 public beta 2
MathPlayer 4 public beta 2 (released December 2015) includes the following:
- A new MathPlayer Ribbon installs into Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for speaking and navigating math in documents and presentations.
- Hundreds of improvements to speech rules and controls.
Changes in MathPlayer 4 public beta 1
MathPlayer 4 beta (released March 2015) is a major upgrade that includes the
- Works with assistive technology products
- Speaks and Braille's math with NV Access's
NonVisual Desktop (NVDA) in Internet Explorer,
Firefox, Microsoft Word & PowerPoint
- Works with Adobe Reader to speak math in PDF
documents (requires a properly-tagged PDF; at
this writing, all are prototypes)
- A simple-to-use interface is available to
assistive technology vendors that want to
support math speech, Braille and navigation of
- Includes many speech customizations
- Customize speech based on disability
- Control over verbosity (learner vs. expert)
- Speech can be customized for specific
topics: Geometry, Probability, Statistics,
- Includes "Clear Speak" a new,
classroom-friendly speech style jointly
developed with Educational Testing Systems
(ETS), supported by a U.S. Department of
Education's Institute of Education Science
- Support for navigating mathematical expressions with many
- Navigation in a mode that can infer the
structure of the math
- Create placemarkers to re-read important
parts of equations
- Speaks chemical formulas either "spelled-out" (e.g., "C O 2")
or as compounds (e.g., carbon dioxide)
- Continues to support both visual rendering and math speech
in Internet Explorer (requires
Enterprise Mode in IE11)
Changes in MathPlayer 3.0
MathPlayer 3.0 (released June 2013) is a major upgrade and includes the
rendering, including anti-aliasing, and support for STIX fonts means that
your equations are going to look better than ever!
Major enhancements for accessibility
MathPlayer accessibility control panel
for braille displays
- Superior math-to-speech capabilities
- Multiple languages: Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish,
French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish
- Multiple speech styles in English, (Simple Speech and MathSpeak)
- Target speech for LD | low vision | blind
and terse settings aimed at learners and experts
area rules (geometry, probability & statistics, calculus)
for Exact Speech (set in MathType)
Explorer 9 compatibility. Not all features are implemented in IE10 because
of IE10 bugs. Unfortunately we can't support MathPlayer on Windows 8 because
IE10 is required.
Advanced MathML 3 support
Linebreaking & Indentation. Allows precise control over linebreaking and
Elementary math. Create and display addition problem with carries, Long
division that shows the steps and other elementary math problems that
were anything but elementary in previous versions of MathML.
right-to-left support for languages such as Arabic
- Many minor bug fixes: Nobody likes bugs in their software (even minor ones) so
we've crushed 'em!
Changes in MathPlayer 2.2
MathPlayer 2.2 (released February 2010) is an upgrade and includes the
- Significantly improved font handling and rendering:
- Improved support for STIX, Cambria, and other Unicode fonts.
- Improvements for anti-aliased rendering.
- Better protection against fonts that contain errors in their tables.
- More characters are displayed.
- Improved performance when Internet Explorer's zoom is not 100%.
- Improved compatibility with ASCIIMathML.
- Fixed bugs with content MathML (handling of <sep/>, "Copy MathML")
Changes in MathPlayer 2.1d
MathPlayer 2.1d (released September 2008) is a minor upgrade and includes the
- Fix to installer so that proper registry entries are created to launch
MathPlayer for XHTML pages.
- Fix installation problem when there are more than 99 MathPlayer
installation log files present.
- Fix some problems with handling of content MathML.
- Fix for some letters not printing correctly.
- Fix synchronized highlighting for MathZoomed expressions.
Changes in MathPlayer 2.1b
MathPlayer 2.1b (released May 2007) is a minor upgrade and includes the
- Fix installation problem on some systems dealing with read only files.
- Smaller download size
- Removed "application/xhtml+xml" registry entries which were wrongly
added by some versions of MathPlayer 2.1 beta.
- Menclose correctly interprets the meanings for the notation attribute
values 'updiagonalstrike' and 'downdiagonalstrike'.
Changes in MathPlayer 2.1a
MathPlayer 2.1a (released April 2007) is a minor upgrade and includes the
- Resolved installation issues under Windows Vista.
- Resolved version check issues under Windows Vista.
- Fixed bug in spacing added between tokens introduced in 2.1
Changes in MathPlayer 2.1
MathPlayer 2.1 (released January 2007) is a minor upgrade and includes the
- Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, including support for
Internet Explorer's security framework, Manage Add-ons feature, and Zoom
- Speak Expression command now synchronously highlights the mathematics as
it is spoken. Synchronized highlighting is a learning aid for all students,
and has been shown to be particularly effective for people with learning
disabilities such as dyslexia.
- Support for
DotsPlus, a Braille math format for use with
- Enhanced Clipboard Support. "Copy MathML to Clipboard" has been enhanced
so that users can copy a MathML equation displayed by MathPlayer/Internet
Explorer and paste it into Microsoft Office 2007, and other applications
that support this new format for exchange of mathematics via the clipboard.
- Better Unicode support. MathPlayer has improved font and character
knowledge which enable it to display many more characters, including recent
additions to Unicode, plane 1 characters, and characters in large Unicode
fonts, such as Code 2000.
- Expanded processing of XHTML documents, making it easier to publish web
pages containing MathML that are compatible with other MathML-capable
browsers. For documents served with MIME
type application/xhtml+xml, MathPlayer will now process documents with a
MathML namespace declaration on the <html> element, in addition to documents
with an explicit MathML DOCTYPE declaration.
- Support for combining characters, such as vowels with accents common in
European languages. The support includes both composition of combining
characters such as diacritic marks, as well as decomposing "ugly"
pre-combined characters for rendering using better-looking, uncombined
- All attributes are supported for the MathML menclose element. The newly
supported attributes are: box, roundedbox, circle, left, right, top,
bottom, updiagonalstrike, downdiagonalstrike, verticalstrike,
- Enhanced PostScript printing support.
- Application developers should inquire at
for information on adding support for MathPlayer to their software.
Changes in MathPlayer 2.0b
MathPlayer 2.0b (released September 2004) is a minor upgrade and includes the
- Improvements to the MathPlayer installer
- Better handling of XHTML pages
- Improved Windows XP SP-2 compatibility
Changes in MathPlayer 2.0a
MathPlayer 2.0a (released April 2004) is a minor upgrade and includes the
- Improved speech compatibility with certain screen readers.
- Fixed behavior of links within a maction MathML tag.
- Fixed IE crash when navigating after using the Copy MathML command.
- Improvements in equation display.
Changes in MathPlayer 2.0
MathPlayer 2.0 (released March 2004) is a major upgrade with several important new features not
available in previous versions:
- Improved support for browser-independent MathML via XHTML, eliminating the
need for a special stylesheet.
- MathZoom™ to make viewing small primes, hats, and scripts easier.
- Speak Expression command that speaks the equation through your computer's
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- Many small enhancements and bug fixes.
- Now requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and later (5.5 is no longer
here to get Internet Explorer 6.
As with earlier versions, MathPlayer 2.1 is a free download. We strongly
encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest version of MathPlayer. Please visit the MathPlayer Download Page to
obtain MathPlayer 2.1.
We also encourage you to visit the MathPlayer home page
even if you've been there before. We have added a lot of new material, including
updated information on authoring your own MathML-based web pages and web sites,
information on our research efforts to make math accessible to visually impaired
users and to make math searchable.