Using MathType with MathJax-enabled applications and websites

MathJax is a solution for displaying math on the web that works in all modern browsers. It works behind the scenes on a website to display MathML and LaTeX equations. MathType works with MathJax to let you copy equations from websites and use them in your own work. You can also use MathType to write equations that will be displayed in a MathJax-enabled website.

To copy MathJax equations and paste them into MathType, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click (Windows) or ctrl+click (Mac) the equation or formula you want to copy.
  2. Choose the format you want (MathML Code or TeX Commands) from the MathJax Show Math As submenu. This will cause a pop-up window to appear, displaying the equation code.
  3. Copy the contents of the MathJax Equation Source window and paste into MathType. You can now use the equation just like you would any MathType equation.
  1. If you want to write LaTeX equations…
    1. If you want the equation to be part of the text (i.e., an inline equation), confirm there's a checkmark beside Inline Equation in MathType's Format menu. If you want the equation to be in its own paragraph (i.e., a display equation), make sure there is no checkmark beside this command.
    2. In MathType's Preferences menu, choose Cut and Copy Preferences (for Mac,  this is in the Preferences fly-out in the MathType menu).
    3. In the Equation for application or website group, choose MathJax: LaTeX. Click OK.
    4. Create the equation in MathType 's editing area, then select and copy it.
    5. Paste the equation into your web page at the point you want it to appear.
  2. If you want to write MathML equations…
    1. If you want the equation to be part of the text (i.e., an inline equation), confirm there's a checkmark beside Inline Equation in MathType's Format menu. If you want the equation to be in its own paragraph (i.e., a display equation), make sure there is no checkmark beside this command.
    2. In MathType's Preferences menu, choose Cut and Copy Preferences (for Mac, this is in the Preferences fly-out in the MathType menu).
    3. In the Equation for application or website group, choose MathJax: MathML. Click OK.
    4. Create the equation in MathType's editing area, then select and copy it.
    5. Paste the equation into your web page at the point you want it to appear. If you're using a web page editor such as FrontPage or Dreamweaver, be sure to paste into Code view rather than Design view.

Using MathML will ensure the math is accessible to assistive technology that is able to read and speak math. MathJax output always contains MathML regardless of the input though, so feel free to write the equations in LaTeX if you prefer. As a page author, you normally have a choice about the default rendering of your pages -- either HTML-CSS or MathML, but accessible pages must have MathML set as the default for Internet Explorer. See The MMLorHTML configuration options for instructions in how to do this.