MathML is XML:
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Introduction

Unless you are publishing poetry, chances are your enterprise has mathematical notation in its content. From research articles to technical documentation to financial analyses, many kinds of content contain math. Unless you are already working with MathML, math in your content is locked away as image data or old, hard-to-maintain math formats (GIF, TeX, LaTeX, old Epic equations, etc.). Image and legacy formats raise the cost of processing and maintaining those documents, and limit your ability to locate, reuse, and repurpose that content in the future. In other words, your enterprise will be missing many of the advantages of XML. Forward-thinking enterprises are working with MathML for encoding mathematical notation. MathML is the W3C standard for representing math in XML, and is supported by many related software systems, including web browsers, XML editors, computer algebra systems, search engines, screen readers, and rendering and composition engines. It is the archival math format for the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central database, and has been integrated with other popular XML standards such as XHTML, DocBook, CellML, and others. It has been in use for nearly a decade in production workflows in enterprises as diverse as the US Patent Office, journal and textbook publishers, education, government, aerospace and other industries.

Types of Content that Contain Important Math Notation

Technical Documentation:

Research:

Educational Materials:

Financial Analysis:

Benefits of MathML for your Enterprise

Adds Value and Functionality

Reduces Costs and Risks

Flexible Deployment

A wide range of software applications now has MathML support, either natively or via integration with tools such as Design Science’s MathFlow™ line of products. This facilitates deployment in many contexts throughout the enterprise.


About Design Science. Design Science develops software used by publishing professionals, scientists, engineers, and educators, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, MathFlow, WebEQ, MathPlayer, and TeXaide, to communicate math on the web and in print. Ninety percent of all documents that contain mathematical notation submitted to publishers are authored using Microsoft Word with our MathType or Equation Editor products.