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1 Using MathType and WebEQ to Author for MathPlayer Making sense of all the mumbo-jumbo presented by: Bob Mathews Director of Training Design Science, Inc. ©2004 by Design Science, Inc. – all rights reserved

2 2 Browser capability MathML can be displayed in: IE 5.5+ with MathPlayer (Windows) IE6/MP2 recommended

3 3 Browser capability MathML can be displayed in: IE 5.5+ with MathPlayer (Windows) Netscape 7+ and Mozilla 0.9+ Current: 7.1 & 1.5, respectively

4 4 Browser capability MathML can be displayed in: IE 5.5+ with MathPlayer (Windows) Netscape 7+ and Mozilla 0.9+ Triggering MathML rendering in browsers requires special declarations in the page.

5 5 Triggering MathML DOCTYPEs & MIME types Namespaces Object Tags and Processing Instructions In the interest of time, well not go into the specifics of these here. The good news is that you dont have to remember all this minutiae!

6 6 Differences between browsers Remember all those differences? Thats all taken care of automagically by MathPlayer 2.0. If you construct the page with the right DOCTYPE, processing instruction(s), and namespace declarations, the page displays natively in NS/M, and MP 2 transforms it for display in IE 6. The previous example is available as a template from the Design Science web site.

7 7 MathType as an authoring tool Two primary approaches… Word + MathType MathPage HTML editor + MathType XHTML + MathML The MathPage approach… Start with a [saved] Word document. Click the Export to MathPage icon. Choose the options & click OK.

8 8 MathType as an authoring tool Two primary approaches… Word + MathType MathPage HTML editor + MathType XHTML + MathML The MathPage approach… The brute force approach… Its best to start with a template. Use MathType to author the equations. Choose the MathML 2.0 (namespace attr) translator. Copy the equation and paste it into the code.

9 9 MathType as an authoring tool Two primary approaches… Word + MathType MathPage HTML editor + MathType XHTML + MathML The MathPage approach… The brute force approach….xml In both cases, its important to save the document with a.xml extension. MathPage does this by default when you choose the XHTML + MathML option.

10 10 WebEQ as an authoring tool No automatic methods here. WebEQ gives you control: Type of markup Type of character encoding α Entity names (e.g., α) α Numerical references (e.g., α) α UTF-8 (e.g., α )

11 11 WebEQ as an authoring tool No automatic methods here. WebEQ gives you control: Type of markup Type of character encoding Choice of namespace declaration or prefix x + y

12 12 WebEQ as an authoring tool No automatic methods here. WebEQ gives you control: Type of markup Type of character encoding Choice of namespace declaration or prefix x + y

13 13 WebEQ as an authoring tool No automatic methods here. WebEQ gives you control: Type of markup Type of character encoding Choice of namespace declaration or prefix Copy MathPlayer or Mozilla declaration

14 14 ing it up MathPlayer 2.0 contains new support for XHTML + MathML docs. Triggered by a DOCTYPE declaration that mentions MathML. Transforms a doc written for Netscape/ Mozilla into one that will display in IE 6.

15 15 ing it up MathPlayer 2.0 contains new support for XHTML + MathML docs. MathType and WebEQ for authoring MathType Word + MathType = MathPage Also can use MathType with your favorite HTML editor to create XHTML + MathML docs

16 16 ing it up MathPlayer 2.0 contains new support for XHTML + MathML docs. MathType and WebEQ for authoring MathType WebEQ Use with your favorite HTML editor. Gives control over type of markup, character encoding, and namespace specification. Copy declarations to clipboard.

17 17 ing it up MathPlayer 2.0 contains new support for XHTML + MathML docs. MathType and WebEQ for authoring MathType WebEQ Questions? Session handout available online at


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