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TechNote #148: Last modified: 08/14/2017

MathType/MathPlayer: Using MathPage with MathML from
Word 2007

The information in this document applies to:

  • MathType 6.x (Windows)
  • Microsoft Word 2007 (Windows)


When working with a .docx document in Word 2007, and publishing it as a MathPage with the math formatted as MathML, equations don't appear as MathML when the page is displayed with Internet Explorer and MathPlayer 3. Equations are converted to images, even though you specified MathML.


The problem occurs when you have a Word 2007 document with equations created with Word's equation editor and the document saved as .docx. If you then publish the document as a MathPage with MathML equations, some extra code is included in the final output that interferes with displaying the page. If you convert the Word equations to MathType, the page will include MathML. If you do not convert the Word equations to MathType, the output will include equations as GIF images.


We have not been able to duplicate this problem in Word 2010 and later, and have been consistently able to publish documents as MathPages with these versions of Word. If you're working in Word 2007, follow these steps:

  1. In Word's MathType tab, choose the Convert Equations command. Choose all the checkboxes on the left, and select MathType equations on the right. Click Convert.
  2. When the equation conversion is complete, save the document with Save As, and select the Word 97-2003 document (*.doc) format. You can keep the same name or rename the document, but the extension needs to be .doc.
  3. In Word's MathType tab, choose Publish to MathPage, choosing any of the MathML options, and proceed normally. After publishing the page, you should be able to view the complete document in Internet Explorer 8 or 9, with MathPlayer installed, or in Firefox with or without MathPlayer 4 installed.

As always, please let us know if you have questions about this, or if you have additional techniques that work. We'd love to hear from you.

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