[Athen] MathML

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Fri Jun 5 15:55:31 PDT 2009

Hi all,

I have gotten pretty good results but with IE, XHTML and MathML but not with
FireFox it seems to be an IE only solution at this point. Firefox does
render with MathML aware screen readers but it is so slow and intermittent
to not be really usable in an educational situation.

In IE with the MathPlayer plug-in installed the math renders properly with
all MathML aware AT but the size of the document can make it a be a bit

I am actually looking at developing Math and Science production workflows
for alt format and so far I have been beating my head against the wall. I
have really nice XHTML/MathML document that I want to turn into a DAISY
book so far no success. For me this means I have the front end but the user
end is not ready for prime time.

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Catherine M. Stager Kilcommons
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 6:29 PM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Cc: John Paul Harris
Subject: [Athen] mathml

I had to play with this quite a bit this year- we were not getting very
good results. We were creating the LATex with Scientific Notebook, then
ended putting it into Nemeth despite our student's preference, because she
was not able to get JAWS to read the MathML we created this way. The MathML
rendered correctly visually but did not read right with MathPlayer or with
Mozilla (Opera still has some major rendering bugs - errors - evidently).

However, I was able to get both Read and Write and JAWS to read the the
MathML at http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/~distler/blog/

Using the itex subset of LaTex then using itextomml, you can get good
MathML. The rendering in Mozilla becomes JAWS friendly at that point
(Firefox 3.0). From the above listed page.


"Posts with this logo use MathML. To see the equations, you either need
Mozilla or a MathML plugin for IE/Win. You will also need to install some

The posts were authored in itex (an extension of WebTeX) using the itexToMML
Text Filter plugin for MovableType (the README file). "

Hope there is other good news out there on this front!




Cath Stager-Kilcommons

Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator

Disability Services

332 Willard Administration Bldg.

University of Colorado at Boulder



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