[Athen] Mathml and JAWS

Janna Cameron janna.cameron at desire2learn.com
Wed Oct 17 12:00:47 PDT 2007

Doesn't MathML work well in Firefox - without a plugin? I know there is
some rendering issues if some fonts aren't installed,



From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Sean Keegan
Sent: October 17, 2007 2:19 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] Mathml and JAWS

> Is any special coding needed for math ML to be read correctly by

screen readers?

Right now, for MathML based Web pages to be interpreted correctly by
assistive technology you need to be using MathPlayer with Internet
Explorer. The only special coding that I am aware of in this situation
is the need to have additional declarations in the <head> part of the
your XHTML/HTML document. Here is the basic template of the code at:


If creating MathML Web pages from MathType/MS Word, then you do have to
be careful with respect to the export option. If you wish to view the
Web page on your local computer (not via the Internet), then you need to
export as MathPlayer (IE Behavior). This will result in a HTML document
that only works with IE.

If you are going to put this page on a webserver AND want the content
available to IE, Firefox, etc. browsers, then you need to export as
XHTML+MathML. This page will not be "readable" with IE on your local
machine, but if you upload it to your webserver, it should work fine.

> I also tried Mathplayer and it didn't seem to read it correctly with

JAWS. Any suggestions?

MathPlayer is just a plug-in that allows for MathML content to be
displayed in IE. The best analogy may be that MathPlayer is something
like the Flash player - it only initializes when necessary based on page
content. Alone MathPlayer will speak the expression using the voices
available on the computer. If using a screen-reader (JAWS, Supernova,
Window-Eyes), then all you need to do is have the screen-reader running
when you get to the page - the screen-reader will just read the content
as any other text content on the page.

What browser were you using and what screen-reader version?

Take care,

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