## MathFlow 2.0: A major update to our MathML toolkit is now available!

We just announced a major release of MathFlow 2.0, our MathML toolkit for elearning, publishing, and enterprise. The technology at the heart of MathFlow is MathML, the XML standard for representing mathematical notation that is an integral part of many documentation and accessibility standards, including HTML 5, EPUB 3, DAISY, DITA, DocBook, NLM, etc.

## A sad day

I am extremely sad to report that Robert Miner, Design Science's VP of Research & Development, passed away this morning from liver cancer. I have worked closely with Robert for about 15 years and considered him a close personal friend. Our condolences go out to his wife and son. We will all miss him greatly.

## MathPlayer 3 Preview Release 1 is now available!

MathPlayer is our free plug-in for Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) that displays mathematical notation in web pages using MathML, the W3C standard. It also makes math accessible to readers with vision and learning disabilities. Four years ago, MathPlayer 2 broke new ground by making math accessible. Since then, over 12 million expressions have been spoken using assistive technology such as screen readers and screen magnifiers.

## Design Science Needs Good People!

Design Science has been involved in mathematical notation technology for 25 years now! During that time computers have gotten much, much more powerful and the internet has changed our lives enormously. Still, math notation has not changed at all during that time and editing it on a computer remains pretty much the same task. But things are about to change! The rise of mobile and tablet devices, web-based applications living in "the cloud", social media, semantic processing, and other technologies presents a ground-changing opportunity for our company.

## Promethean Adds Equation Editing Support to ActivInspire

We're pleased to announce that our MathFlow™ equation editor is now part of Promethean's ActivInspire 1.6, enabling teachers to easily create and insert mathematical notation within a flipchart or with an ActivExpression V2. There has been tremendous growth of interactive devices and whiteboards in the classroom, and we're happy to be working with Promethean and glad that our math-enabling technologies have become such an important part of many high-quality teaching and learning products.

## Carnegie Learning announces new accessible math curriculum

Carnegie Learning, Inc., a Design Science Technology Partner, has issued a press release today describing their collaboration with the University of Kentucky's Math Etext Project and the accessibility of their new MATHia^{®} middle school software (pronounced **math**-ee-ah). Although not mentioned in the press release, Carnegie Learning is using MathJax to serve accessible math to students.

## Producing Math Braille, Presented at the Braille 21 Conference

"Automating the Impossible"

That is the title of the paper which I will be presenting in my capacity as Chairman of the Braille Production Group of UKAFF (UK Association for Accessible Formats), at a World Blind Union's "Braille 21" conference in Leipzig this September. Many blind people worldwide who are capable of reading braille are either not getting learning materials in braille, or not being taught math at all.

## STREAM Tools Workshop for simplified professional technical publishing

STREAM Tools is a system created by Professor Alex Mamishev for writing scientific papers in collaborative environments using Microsoft Office, MathType, and other tools. He will be hosting *The STREAM Tools Workshop* next Friday, August 12, in Seattle. Workshop participants will learn how easy it is for teams to produce a stream of high quality, complex technical documents using modern software tools and methodologies. By attending the workshop, you will receive a copy of Dr. Mamishev's book and a special discount on MathType.

## Blind Students Sue Florida State University over Inaccessible Math Courses

Well, it looks like the National Federation of the Blind is turning up the heat again, and this time it's about math. Last week, the Chronicle of Higher Education broke the news about this case on their *Wired Campus* blog. With the help of the NFB, two blind FSU students are suing the University, claiming that the school violated federal and state law by not making its math classes accessible to them. Although there are several issues involved in the suit, two aspects involve math accessibility: both the math textbook and the math e-learning system (called eGrade) used by FSU were inaccessible to blind students.

## Scrivener 2.1 for Mac adds MathType support and makes ebooks

Scrivener is a document creation system produced by Literature & Latte. Due to demand from its customers, Scrivener has added MathType support in its forthcoming 2.1 version for the Macintosh, expected to be released in a few weeks. They have a short video showing how you can insert a MathType equation into a Scrivener document. It is our hope that they will soon add MathType support in their Windows version, which is currently in beta.