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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>We at Design Science are happy to announce that MathFlow 2.1 is now available! This update supports the newest versions of oXygen, XMetaL and Arbortext. Please contact Premium Support when you are ready to upgrade, evaluate, or if you have any questions: <a href="mailto: premiumsupport@dessci.com?subject=MathFlow%202.1"> premiumsupport@dessci.com</a></p>
<p>MathFlow is our family of products providing editing, display, and accessibility of mathematical notation for websites, applications, and services. MathFlow components are widely used in education, publishing, and enterprise solutions, as well as commercial products.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathFlow</a></div></div></div>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:09:48 +0000Bob Mathews2011 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathflow-21-now-available#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathflow-21-now-availableMathFlow 2.1 Beta Now Available
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/XjKGwzBqIro/mathflow-21-beta-now-available
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>We have released a beta version of MathFlow 2.1. It's available now for anyone using Arbortext Editor 6 or 7, or XMetaL Author 10 or 11. To download, go to <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/dl/mathflow/beta.htm" rel="nofollow"><font color="#0066cc">MathFlow Beta Downloads</font></a>. There's also a new beta version that works with oXygen. If you're using oXygen and are interested in testing or evaluating MathFlow, <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/mf_contact.htm" rel="nofollow"><font color="#0066cc">please let us know</font></a>.</p>
<p>MathFlow is our family of products providing editing, display, and accessibility of mathematical notation for websites, applications, and services. MathFlow components are widely used in education, publishing, and enterprise solutions, as well as commercial products.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathFlow</a></div></div></div>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 23:18:17 +0000Bob Mathews2001 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathflow-21-beta-now-available#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathflow-21-beta-now-availableAccessible Math Takes Another Step Forward
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/_Z1PlR-OcbM/accessible-math-takes-another-step-forward
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Wikipedia recently changed its default so that not only does most math look better, but is also accessible by default. It used to be that by default, Wikipedia delivered math as PNG images. Here’s an example of what that looks like:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/misc/accessiblemath-1.gif"><img alt="" src="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/misc/accessiblemath-1.gif" style="width: 764px; height: 278px;" /></a></p>
<p>With PNGs, not only does the math not look very nice (wrong size and blurry), it isn’t accessible.</p>
<p>For the last few years, you could log into Wikipedia, and change the math to use MathML with SVG or PNG fallback. Now that is the default so that the math looks good and it is accessible because MathML is in the page. Here is what the page now looks like by default:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/misc/accessiblemath-2.gif"><img alt="" src="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/misc/accessiblemath-2.gif" style="width: 764px; height: 271px;" /></a></p>
<p>When reading this page with NVDA+MathPlayer, the first big equation will read as “<em>the fraction with numerator a plus b and denominator a, equals, a over b, is defined to be, phi.</em>”</p>
<p>There are tens of thousands of pages on Wikipedia with accessible math in them. If you already have <a class="external-link" href="http://www.nvaccess.org/" rel="nofollow"><font color="#0066cc">NVDA</font></a>, all you need is MathPlayer, which you can download for free from the <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/download.htm" rel="nofollow"><font color="#0066cc">MathPlayer portion of the Design Science website</font></a>. <span class="inline-comment-marker valid" data-ref="fe095550-b267-4997-a15c-ccc0b3fceea9">There’s nothing else you need to do; now math “just works” for Wikipedia pages (mostly*).</span></p>
<p>If English isn’t your preferred language, Wikipedia has lots of pages in other languages with math in them and MathPlayer supports 14 of those languages: Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, and Swedish.</p>
<p>*<em>Because images looked so bad, Wikipedia made it possible to <a class="external-link" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Displaying_a_formula#TeX_vs_HTML" rel="nofollow"><font color="#0066cc">author math as a combination of HTML tags</font></a> (e.g., <sub> and <sup>) and text. This was harder to do, but for short inline equations wasn’t horrible and the display looked better, so some authors did that. That math isn’t accessible yet, but often it is very simple and is not too hard to understand.</em></p>
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</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/121" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathPlayer</a></div></div></div>Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:34:01 +0000Neil Soiffer1991 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/accessible-math-takes-another-step-forward#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/accessible-math-takes-another-step-forwardMathType now works with Office 2016 for Windows, Mac Office 2016 soon...
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/vWcFzPV8d8o/mathtype-now-works-office-2016-windows-mac-office-2016-soon
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>If you are using Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows, or if you have been waiting to upgrade Office until MathType was compatible, we're happy to announce there is a new update to MathType 6.9 that is compatible. If you own MathType 6.9 for Windows, <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/dl/" rel="nofollow">download the free update</a>. If your copy of MathType is older than version 6.9, you can <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/default.htm" rel="nofollow">purchase the upgrade from our website</a>. If you are using Office 2016 for Windows, you do actually need the upgrade to MathType 6.9, but there is plenty of new functionality -- check out our <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/" rel="nofollow">MathType page</a> for all the details.</p>
<p><strong>What's the story with MathType and Mac Office 2016?</strong></p>
<p>Some of you have been asking about MathType's compatibility with the recently released Mac Office 2016. Microsoft decided to make Mac Office 2016 compatible with Apple's Mac App Store which imposes security restrictions that affect communication between applications, preventing MathType from working with Mac Office 2016 applications such as Word and PowerPoint. Our engineers are working with Microsoft engineers on a solution but it will take some time before it will be available. We will keep you informed as we get closer to release. In the meantime, MathType 6.7 for Mac still works great with Office 2011 for Mac, Apple Pages and <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype_mac/works_with.asp" rel="nofollow">800+ other applications of websites</a>.</p>
<p>Thank you for your patience while this is being worked on. And thank you for continuing to use MathType.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathType</a></div></div></div>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:21:14 +0000Bruce Virga1981 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathtype-now-works-office-2016-windows-mac-office-2016-soon#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathtype-now-works-office-2016-windows-mac-office-2016-soonMathPlayer 4 public beta 2 now available
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/qcXoCUTpNrg/mathplayer-4-public-beta-2-now-available
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>We just announced the release of the<a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/" rel="nofollow"> MathPlayer 4 public beta 2</a>.</p>
<p><img src="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/misc/mathplayer_word.jpg" style="float: right;" />This new version installs a Ribbon into Microsoft Word and PowerPoint so that one can listen to math and navigate within equations in their documents and presentations. This feature is useful when creating accessible math and science material with MathType equations, in that one can check that the math is played back as intended. It also fills a gap for those using a screen reader that lacks math support; now one can switch to MathPlayer to read the math and back to the screen reader. MathPlayer does work with the NVDA screen reader to speak and Braille math in Microsoft Word & PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Firefox. We expect to announce MathPlayer support with other AT software products in the coming months.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/121" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathPlayer</a></div></div></div>Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:05:07 +0000Bruce Virga1971 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathplayer-4-public-beta-2-now-available#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathplayer-4-public-beta-2-now-availableLearn about MathML at Lavacon
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/aSDeKs4Bq8g/learn-about-mathml-lavacon
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span>Design Science will be exhibiting and presenting at the LavaCon Conference in New Orleans October 18-21. If you want to learn the proper way to implement math with your content, this is a great opportunity to meet with the experts.</span></p>
<p><span>Plan to see Design Science's Aaron Guigar present the session <strong>Making the Most of the New Math Domains in DITA 1.3</strong>, on October 20th at 9:15am. In this session we will talk about what MathML is and the advantages of using it, its role in DITA 1.3, and the available tools for authoring, display and accessibility of MathML. </span>If you cannot make the conference, there will be video of the presentation on the LavaCon website after the conference.</p>
<p><span>If you or any of your colleagues back at the office are working with any math content at all, stop by the exhibit area to find out about MathFlow. We would be happy to answer your specific questions and try to help with your project.</span></p>
<p>We hope to see you in New Orleans!</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Events</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathFlow</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div></div></div>Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:40:27 +0000Lary Stucker1961 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/learn-about-mathml-lavacon#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/learn-about-mathml-lavaconeWebEditor integrates MathFlow
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/iP60W4uZaFk/ewebeditor-integrates-mathflow
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Design Science has partnered with eWebSoft, the makers of <span><a data-mce-href="http://www.ewebeditor.com/" href="http://www.ewebeditor.com/">eWebEditor</a></span><span>. eWebEditor is a <span class="inline-comment-marker" data-ref="57e74bb9-ca67-4049-96d8-20e867e56729">Chinese WYSIWYG HTML editor</span> that can be added to web-based tools. Developers who choose eWebEditor will give their users a configurable HTML editor with the ability to author equations using <a data-mce-href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/">MathFlow</a>. </span></p>
<p><span>eWebSoft's clients include online assessment systems and learning management systems that need to properly edit mathematical content in lessons and tests</span><span>. The users of this software are familiar with copying equations from Design Science's <a data-mce-href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/default.htm" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/default.htm">MathType</a> software, but<span> this integration with MathFlow will make the addition of math to</span><span> websites a more seamless experience.</span> </span></p>
<p><span><span>Would you like to give it a try? You can demo MathFlow with the eWebEditor at <a data-mce-href="http://www.ewebeditor.net/math/" href="http://www.ewebeditor.net/math/" rel="nofollow">http://www.ewebeditor.net/math/</a><span> </span></span></span></p>
<p>If you would like to learn more about MathFlow, please visit: <a data-mce-href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/">http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/</a></p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathFlow</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div></div></div>Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:27:46 +0000Aaron Guigar1952 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/ewebeditor-integrates-mathflow#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/ewebeditor-integrates-mathflowMathML is now an ISO and IEC standard!
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/H5cxJfpyFYg/mathml-now-iso-and-iec-standard
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>We've blogged about MathML lots of times, so I'm sure I don't need to <span class="inline-comment-marker" data-ref="f434743b-df3b-4b8c-8c58-ecd333c7e99c">tell you why</span> MathML is the way math should be written on the Web or why it is so important for accessibility. Instead, let me take this space to write about its history as a standard.</p>
<p>MathML was the first XML-based W3C standard back in 1998. (OK, W3C only issues "recommendations", but most people consider them standards). It came at a time when most people thought the future of the web was going to be XHTML. XHTML (and more generally, XML) is used a lot by publishers and others who want to make sure what they write is "valid". But for the rest of us, HTML and its lazy "I'll make it work" attitude is the direction the web took. That was an unfortunate direction for math for many years because MathML wasn't part of HTML. Thankfully that changed in the last couple of years when MathML was included as part of the HTML5 spec; HTML5 became the official standard last year but had been widely implemented well before its standardization.</p>
<p>Firefox and our MathPlayer plug-in for IE have long supported display of MathML. Safari added support a few years back. Chrome briefly had support but in a very controversial move, removed it due to security concerns with the implementation and lack of an internal support person. Thankfully, the JavaScript-based <a class="external-link" data-mce-href="http://www.mathjax.org/" href="http://www.mathjax.org/" rel="nofollow">MathJaX</a> does a great job of supporting MathML in all browsers, so you use MathML in all your pages. There's no need to use images that don't scale, can't line break, and are inaccessible.</p>
<p>MathML is now endorsed by ISO and IEC. This is a nice progression for MathML because several governments have laws that state that if there is an ISO standard available, it should be used where appropriate. This will definitely help cement MathML's place as a method to represent mathematical notation.</p>
<p>You can read the <a class="external-link" data-mce-href="http://www.w3.org/2015/06/mathmlpas.html.en" href="http://www.w3.org/2015/06/mathmlpas.html.en" rel="nofollow">W3C's announcement here</a>. It includes a link to a video that our own Bob Mathews made showing an iPad screen reading a Wikipedia page with MathML. If you want to see more examples of Math being spoken, you can see examples of JAWS, ChromeVox, and MathPlayer speaking the same Wikipedia page by taking a look at <a data-mce-href="http://www.dessci.com/en/reference/ies-ets/conferences/csun_2015/Survey%20of%20Math%20Accessibility.pptx" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/reference/ies-ets/conferences/csun_2015/Survey%20of%20Math%20Accessibility.pptx">my CSUN talk</a> (slide #12).<span class="confluence-link"> Design Science has been an integral part of both the design and dissemination of MathML since the very start. I hope you'll excuse us if we give each other a little pat on the back as we watch our baby grow and mature – it feels good to be part of such a useful and successful standard!</span></p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/161" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">HTML5</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div></div></div>Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:43:52 +0000Neil Soiffer1951 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathml-now-iso-and-iec-standard#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathml-now-iso-and-iec-standardThe State of Accessible Math at the 9th European e-Accessibility Forum, Paris
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/xohq47UN96I/state-accessible-math-9th-european-e-accessibility-forum-paris
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Neil Soiffer will present <em>The State of Accessible Math</em> as an invited speaker at the 9th European e-Accessibility Forum in Paris on On June 8th. So you're probably asking yourself, "what is the state of accessible math?" Well, I am glad you asked. Recent advances in accessible technology now make it possible to use screen readers to read aloud Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and web pages in Firefox that contain math. During Neil's presentation he is going to demonstrate that awesome technology and probably talk a lot about MathPlayer 4's major involvement in making this capability a reality.</p>
<p>If you can't make it to Paris next week, you can always grab a baguette from the bakery, <a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/download.htm" rel="nofollow">download MathPlayer and a test build of the NVDA screen reader</a> from our website, and give it a try yourself. The baguettes might not be as good, but at least you'll get to experience spoken math in Microsoft Word!</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Events</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/121" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathPlayer</a></div></div></div>Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:30:07 +0000Lary Stucker1941 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/state-accessible-math-9th-european-e-accessibility-forum-paris#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/state-accessible-math-9th-european-e-accessibility-forum-parisDITAworks CMS integrates MathFlow
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/GZGDFNCk36U/ditaworks-cms-integrates-mathflow
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Design Science is now partnering with *instinctools to add math editing and rendering support to their DITAworks product line. <span style="line-height: 1.4285715;">Our mutual clients can now work with math their technical documents without having to leave their content management system (CMS).</span><span style="line-height: 1.4285715;"> This will allow users to improve productivity in creating, reusing and publishing mathematics in their DITA topics.</span></p>
<p>*instinctools is a German company that provides services and software with a focus on single-source publishing. Their DITAworks CMS can be deployed locally or as a cloud service. <span style="line-height: 1.4285715;">We are excited to be working with *instinctools, in that the integration expands our MathFlow market to reach their the tech pubs clients within automotive, software, and healthcare industries. </span></p>
<p><span>To learn more about our partnership with *instinctools please read our press release: </span><span><a class="external-link" href="http://www.dessci.com/en/company/press/releases/150601.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.dessci.com/en/company/press/releases/150601.htm</a></span></p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topics in this post: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathFlow</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/131" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Press</a></div></div></div>Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:01:21 +0000Aaron Guigar1931 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/ditaworks-cms-integrates-mathflow#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/ditaworks-cms-integrates-mathflow