2007-02-27XHTML+MathML pages: installation instructions

Some pages on this web site are written in XHTML with embedded MathML, and require a suitably configured browser to display the pages correctly. If you want to install and configure your browser to read XHTML+MathML pages on this site, click the correct link for your set-up. After doing so, your browser will then be able to view MathML correctly on a growing number of sites world-wide.

Quick links

This page was written in Feb 2007 for browsers available at that date. If you are aware of any changes since then that affect these instructions please let me know.

Microsoft Windows and Firefox

Installation of the current version Firefox (a version of mozilla) in MS-Windows should be straightforward. You will also need certain fonts that at the time of writing are NOT installed by default.

STEP 1. First download and install Firefox from this link (if you haven't done so already). Any version is OK for these web pages.

STEP 2. You will need to install extra fonts as well. These are available via the Mozilla MathML fonts page. The simplest way is to click the link for the windows font installer on the Mozilla MathML fonts page. (Look for the text On Windows (not Linux), download the font installer and follow the instructions in the top right of the page.)

Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer

I'll assume that you are running a recent version of MS-windows (Windows XP or Windows 2000 or later) and have a recent version of Internet Explorer (6.0 or later). To view MathML correctly with this you need a browser plug-in, MathPlayer (version 2.0 or later).

Install MathPlayer from Design Science's web site at mathplayer.

Other operating systems and firefox

Most recent mozilla-based browsers (such as Mozilla itself, Epiphany and of course Firefox) are able view MathML. If you use one of these, just follow the instructions to install fonts for your operating system and try it. I use Linux and it works fine. Installing fonts on some OSs can be awkward. There are some hints on the Mozilla fonts page.

If you have some other browser, such as Safari, Konqueror, it is probably best at the moment to install Firefox. and the fonts.


The W3C's web browser, Amaya, should work. (MS-Windows, Linux, MacOS X.) I have little experience with this, so just click the link and follow the instructions.

Richard Kaye's home page.