Math FlowMathFlow is used in a wide range of publishing, education, accessibility, and enterprise applications, including:
- Web collaboration applications
- Web publishing workflows
- Desktop publishing workflows
- Integrated desktop applications
Web collaboration applications
MathFlow editing components integrate flexibly with browser-based widgets such as HTML editors to create math-enabled web applications. MathFlow server-side typesetting and image composition components provide the necessary backend functionality. Some popular examples include:
- math-enabled blogs, wikis, whiteboards, message boards, and forums
- online assessment authoring and delivery
- live tutoring, virtual classroom, and homework help applications
- web meeting, instant messaging, and chat applications
When coordination between many authors is required, web-based workflows are a good solution. Distributed authoring solutions, such as MathFlow for XMetaL ActiveX, as well as custom solutions built using MathFlow components enable contributors across an enterprise to access backend content management and composition systems. Common examples include:
- elearning authoring tools, editorial, and production workflows
- technical documentation, training, and help authoring
- accessible content production and delivery
MathFlow tools and components integrate with leading desktop document editors such as Arbortext and XMetaL to support traditional publishing workflows. MathFlow components can easily be integrated with most other document editors and composition systems as well. Some of the contexts where desktop-based workflows excel are:
- editorial and production workflows for journals, textbooks, and ebooks
- prepress editorial and production services
- production of technical documentation, training manuals, and help systems
Using MathFlow component APIs, math support can be tightly integrated into applications. Equation editing and typesetting become a seamless part of the application's user interface. Low-level integration of this kind is particularly popular for scientific and educational applications:
- educational systems: flashcards, tutoring, teaching, scientific visualization
- scientific analysis, calculation, graphing, and simulation
- mainstream word processing and presentation apps that target education, science, and technology
- content conversion software and services
Math PlayerWhat does MathPlayer do?
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.
What is MathML?
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.
Installing and Uninstalling MathPlayer
MathPlayer is available as a free download from our website.
Math DaisySo you need to make your classroom materials accessible?
Many state and local educational institutions are now requiring teachers, instructors, and professors to make classroom materials they create accessible to students with disabilities. In the past, this has been difficult to do, especially for materials containing math. MathDaisy now makes it possible for you to save Word documents containing equations as a DAISY electronic book that can be read by your students using MathPlayer-enabled DAISY player software on a personal computer or a dedicated eBook reader.
What is MathDaisy?
MathDaisy works with Microsoft Word, Microsoft's Save As DAISY add-in, and MathType. As you might guess from its name, Save As DAISY adds a "Save As DAISY" menu item to Word's File menu. This command saves the document as a DAISY Digital Talking Book ready to be used in an eBook reader. MathDaisy enhances the Word-to-DAISY conversion process, converting the equations in the document to MathML as required by the DAISY format.
What is DAISY?
DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information SYstem and is a standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents. This includes Digital Talking Books, digital text books, and synchronized audio/text books. DAISY is a globally recognized standard for accessible content and is part of NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard).
NIMAS/DAISY is part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorized by the US Congress in 2004. It recommends that state educational agencies supply educational materials in the NIMAS/DAISY format to those students that need them. The impact of this legislation is just starting to be felt. Besides requiring teachers to produce accessible materials, all the major textbook makers are gearing up to produce books in the DAISY Book format.
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