Blackboard and MathML

MathML is an XML-based language for encoding mathematics that was standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1998. Many software packages including browsers, editors, computer algebra programs and publishing software use MathML to communicate.

Equation Editor

If you use Microsoft Word, you are probably familiar with the Equation Editor that comes with Word. The

WebEQ by Design Science is an equation editor based on MathML. Blackboard has embedded this editor in both Blackboard Learning System - CE Enterprise License and Blackboard Learning System - Vista Enterprise License so that Blackboard users can type, manipulate, and edit mathematical notations in many Blackboard tools and areas, including: content pages, quiz questions and answers, discussion topics and messages, mail, and notes.


MathType is an interactive tool for Windows and Macintosh that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, and for TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.
MathType is the full-featured version of Equation Editor, with many additional features.


Design Science MathPlayer™ is a free software and enables Microsoft Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation in web pages. It is based on MathML technology and requires Internet Explorer for Windows version 6.0 and later.

using the MathPlayer is obviously not a simple and straightforward process and requires many things to work together.

Here's a quick guide how it works:

  1. Documents are authored with math notation using MathType
  2. Exported to HTML using the XHTML + MathML mode

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