FireMath, a powerful MathML editor for Firefox

I learned today about a cool new Google Docs feature that lets you create good looking mathematical expressions via its new equation editor. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support MathML export at this time, which I thought would be great to help scientific authors produce better web documents.

(Not that) Surprisingly, there is a Firefox extension that will help anyone create a MathML expression of really complex mathematical equations. FireMath, created by MrBont gets the job done, and allows you to save the formula as a full XHTML file, a stand alone or inline equation, or an image file.

FireMath extension

There’s some obvious work to be done on the user interface front, but for science paper authors, this should come in handy.

FireMath is labeled experimental in Mozilla Add-ons, so you will need to mark the checkbox to get it installed.