MathPlayer User Manual
This manual is intended for Internet Explorer users viewing web pages
containing math displayed by MathPlayer. It describes MathPlayers features and
how to use them to enhance your browsing experience. If you are interested in
finding out how to create your own math web pages, see
Authoring for MathPlayer and MathML.
MathPlayer enhances Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation. Just
as HTML is the computer language in which web pages are written, the math in a
web page is written in the MathML language. When you browse to a web page
containing MathML, Internet Explorer gives it to MathPlayer to display as
standard math notation such as you would find in a textbook.
MathML is a new way of encoding mathematics using XML developed under that
auspices of the W3C (World Wide Web
Consortium), the group that sets the basic standards that define the Web. A
growing number of software packages including browsers, editors, computer
algebra programs and publishing software use MathML to communicate. Unlike other
ways of putting math in a web page, such as images and PDFs, MathML provides
ways to directly encode various interactivity properties of an equation, which
makes it an ideal choice for dynamic math on the web. Design Science has played
a leading role in developing this important new technology. Consult
About MathML for more
information and related resources.
MathPlayer is available as a free download from our website.
more> If you want to uninstall MathPlayer, use
the Add/Remove Programs section of the Windows Control Panel.
Almost all of MathPlayer's special features are accessed by placing the mouse
pointer over an equation and clicking the right mouse button. This brings up
MathPlayer's menu. Most of the commands operate on the clicked-on equation. In
addition, there are commands to find out MathPlayer's version and to visit the
MathPlayer web site.
The Copy MathML command puts the MathML description of the equation on
the clipboard. The MathML text can be pasted into a text editor (eg, Notepad),
an HTML editor (eg, Dreamweaver, FrontPage), or computer algebra system (eg,
Maple, Mathematica). If your favorite calculation or mathematical program
doesn't accept MathML, contact the publisher of that software package and
request that MathML support be added.
The Open with MathType command on the Commands sub-menu will
open the equation in a new MathType window. The command will be grayed out if
MathType is not installed on your computer or if the equation does not contain
MathType information. The Open with WebEQ command will open the equation
in a new WebEQ window. The command will be grayed out if WebEQ is not installed
on your computer.
Choose the MathZoom™ command to get a closer look at the equation.
This can be handy to view small scripts and accents. To bring the equation back
down to normal size, choose Unzoom (the MathZoom command changes
to Unzoom on a zoomed equation). A single mouse click in an equation will
toggle the zoomed state. Clicking in a zoomed equation while holding the Shift
key down will unzoom all equations in the page. Warning: If the equation
contains interactive parts that respond to mouse clicks, zoom/unzoom can only be
performed using the menu commands.
The Speak Expression command causes the equation to be spoken through
your computer's sound system using Design Science's math-to-speech algorithms.
This requires that you have a MathPlayer-compatible text-to-speech engine
installed on your computer. more>
Visually impaired users of Internet Explorer use screen reader software
packages that speak the words on the page. Many of the most popular Windows
screen readers, such as Window-Eyes, JAWS, HAL, Supernova, Serotek System Access, MAGic, Read & Write, and
BrowseAloud, will work
with MathPlayer to speak the math in the page along with the words.