[Athen] JAWS access to equation editor

John Gardner john.gardner at orst.edu
Mon Oct 9 11:21:01 PDT 2006

Howard, the MS equation editor and its big brother MathType are not
accessible. There are two straightforward ways to access the math
that has been written using either of these however. To access it
you'll need MathType and can either convert the equations to a Tiger
environment and emboss as DotsPlus or export as math page with the
MathML option selected in MathType. The resulting XML page can be
displayed in Internet Explorer with the free MathPlayer plug-in from
Design Science http://dessci.com. For IE 6 you need to change the
XML extension to XHTML to make it display right. Then one can read
the equations as words using any current screen reader.

Other export options are coming. Unfortunately MathType itself isn't
likely to get more accessible for some time.

Hope this helps.

At 11:00 AM 10/9/2006, you wrote:

>Does anyone know if there is a way to convert or make MS equation

>editor object accessible to JAWS or another screen reader?





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