For Immediate Release
New product allows STM publishers to
add value to web content
MathPlayer enables MathML display in Internet Explorer
CALIFORNIA, September 5, 2002 – Design
Science today announced the release of MathPlayer 1.0, which enables STM
mathematical web content with high-quality display, print and interaction within
Microsoft's Internet Explorer for Windows web browser. With the release of MathPlayer, and the recent preview
release of Netscape 7 with MathML support, wide adoption of MathML for
publishing math on the web is expected.
In an effort
to accelerate the adoption of MathML in the math, science, and education
communities, MathPlayer can be downloaded free from the
MathPlayer product area of the Design Science website (www.dessci.com). Anyone publishing web pages that include MathML can use the company's "Download
MathPlayer" button on their web pages, linking their readers to the free
to enabling high-quality display of mathematics in Internet Explorer, MathPlayer
provides a right-click menu that allows the user to copy mathematics from the
web page into MathML-enabled software such as graphing and calculation
applications, as well as into HTML and XML authoring tools for use in new
content. MathPlayer 1.0 allows copying to the system clipboard, drag-and-drop,
as well as commands to open equations in Design Science's other MathML-enabled
products, MathType and WebEQ.
"The lack of
high-quality support for mathematics in web browsers has been a long-standing
sore spot for scientific publishers and researchers," said Mark Walter, Senior
Editor, The Seybold
Report. “With MathPlayer, Design Science is providing welcome relief to a
user community that's struggled for years with this issue.” MathPlayer has been
selected as a Seybold Publications Editors’ Hot Pick and will be demonstrated at
the Seybold Exposition in San Francisco, September 10-12, 2002.
Science is working with other software vendors and STM publishers to
MathML-enable their products. "Now that we've licked the problem of displaying
MathML in web pages, we can add value at the reader end by enabling math to be
communicated to other applications. Educators, students, scientists, and
engineers will no longer be satisfied with mathematics displayed as dead images
and PDFs," notes Paul Topping, President & CEO of Design Science. The company
expects to license MathPlayer to software vendors and content publishers that
want to distribute it with their products. Custom versions of MathPlayer can be
created that add application or content-specific commands (e.g. "Plot with Acme
Design Science also offers its MathType and WebEQ
products for creating and editing MathML and documents containing mathematics.
The company has played a leading role in developing MathML and continues to be
actively involved in the W3C Math Working Group. The company also publishes a
semi-annual paper, "Math on the Web: A Status Report", available on its web
MathML is a standards-based markup language for encoding mathematics using
XML, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Math Working Group (www.w3.org/math).
About Design Science, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach,
California, Design Science, Inc., develops software used by scientists,
engineers and educators, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft
Office, WebEQ, MathPlayer and TeXaide, to communicate on the web and in print.
Vice President Sales
Design Science, Inc.
140 Pine Avenue, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802, USA