Math on the web
Putting math on the web means many things to many people  publishing
research articles, posting quizzes and reviews for students, web applications
for workflows of many kinds, online content in accessible format. For more
than a decade, Design Science has been at the forefront, developing tools and
technologies for making the web more useful for math and science communication.
MathPage: From Word to the web
MathType includes
MathPage™
technology that easily converts Microsoft Word documents to web pages,
properly handling mathematical symbols and equations, viewable in any modern
Windows, Macintosh, Unix and Linux browser.
Working With Websites and Applications
Most websites and applications represent
equations in one of a few standard formats such as MathML and TeX, but there are
many subtle variations. MathType has sophisticated input and output translation
capabilities that let you ignore the technicalities. MathType lets you copy and
paste between
hundreds of popular websites such as
Wikipedia. You can also use MathType to paste MathML, TeX, or equation
images in learning management systems, blogs and wikis. Find out more in
the MathType Works With...
pages, or if you are technically inclined, find out about writing your own
input and output translators using the MathType SDK.
Web Publishing
Publishing math and science content to the web is technically
challenging because of the difficulty of displaying highquality math notation
in a browserindependent way. MathML has enjoyed impressive success as a
format for representing and exchanging mathematical notation, but browser
support remains idiosyncratic. In Internet Explorer, our
MathPlayer addon has long
been the best means of displaying math notation. However, to address a wider
range of browsers, Design Science formed a partnership with the American
Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics to
sponsor an exciting initiative called
MathJax. MathJax brings highquality MathML rendering to any
JavaScript and CSS capable browser.
Mathenabled Web Applications
Wikis, blogs, course management systems, and many other
kinds of web application
must be able to handle math notation when used in math and science contexts.
Such applications not only need to display math, but to provide users a way to
edit math as well. MathFlow
Components provides developers and system integrators with the editing and
display functionality needed to create mathenabled web applications. To
find out more about MathFlow Components and the MathFlow SDK, please
contact us.
Making Math on the Web Accessible
Accessibility for individuals with print disabilities such as
low vision, dyslexia and blindness has made great strides over the last decade.
Formats such as the DAISYNISO
standard for Digital Talking Books, and regulations such as
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
have profoundly changed the accessibility landscape for math and science.
In part because of Design Science's technical leadership, these formats and
standards directly incorporate support for mathematics notation. Our
MathPlayer display engine
for Internet Explorer interoperates with leading screen readers and offers
stateoftheart math accessibility functionality. Our
MathDaisy tool works in
conjunction with leading DAISY book authoring tools to create accessible math
and science content. To learn more about Design Science's advocacy and
technology for math accessibility, consult our
Solutions for the Accessibility
Community pages.
MathML is the standard way of encoding mathematics notation using XML.
Since its introduction in 1998, it has been incorporated into
many other formats, and is now supported to some degree by most mathrelated
software packages including browsers, editors, computer algebra programs, and
publishing software. MathML technology is deeply incorporated into Design
Science products, and the staff of Design Science has played a
leading role in developing this important new technology. Consult
About MathML for more information and related
resources.
Beginning in 2001 and continuing for several years, Design Science published
a semiannual Math on the web status report with a special focus and an objective report
on the state of Math on the web software. Consult the Math on
the web: A Status Report archives for a historical view of math on the
web. For uptodate on
Math on the web news and information, join our Math on the
web mailing
list.
