For Immediate Release
Design Science Licenses MathPlayer to Microsoft
Browser Extension Math-enables Microsoft's MSN Content with MathML-based
LONG BEACH, California — September
5, 2003 —
Design Science today announced a licensing arrangement with Microsoft
that will provide MathPlayer™ software to MSN users. Terms were not disclosed.
MathPlayer displays MathML-based mathematical notation within Microsoft's web
browser products, including Internet Explorer and the MSN client. MathML is the
XML-based standard for encoding mathematics developed by the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and
supported by most popular web browsers.
Unlike other ways of delivering math notation in web pages, such as GIF
images and PDF, MathML captures the meaning and structure of math, thereby
enabling user interaction, accessibility, searching and computation. "MathML has
tremendous potential for enhancing math and science web pages," said Dr. Robert
Miner, Design Science's Director of New Product Development. "We're currently
conducting research into searching mathematics, and development work is already
underway to add speech capabilities to MathPlayer for visually-impaired readers.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires content be accessible when
possible, but for math, adequate solutions just haven't been available. MathML
is changing that."
MathPlayer includes 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 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.
In addition to being distributed with content products such as MSN,
MathPlayer is also available as a free download on the Design Science web site
to MathML-enable Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser. MathPlayer is
available for third-party distribution to support MathML content on internal
networks and physical media, such as CD-ROM.
About Design Science, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Design Science
develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals,
including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ, MathFlow, MathPlayer
TeXaide, to communicate on the web and in print. For more
information please visit http://www.dessci.com.
Vice President Sales
Design Science, Inc.
140 Pine Avenue, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802, USA