Re: [Athen] Students with Learning Disabilities and Textbooks withMath

ron at ron at
Thu Feb 7 15:30:13 PST 2013

I really wish someone would pick this up. It was probably the best low cost reader for STEM content that I
have seen.

The Mac issue really needs to be resolved, hope iAuthor can work it out.

Ron Stewart

> -------Original Message-------

> From: Sean J Keegan <skeegan at>

> To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at>

> Subject: Re: [Athen] Students with Learning Disabilities and Textbooks withMath

> Sent: Feb 07 '13 16:54


> > On a related note, however, has anyone figured out a method

> > for making math accessible on a Mac platform?


> Unfortunately, there does not appear to be many options (still).  The

> one solution that did work - intermittently, mind you - was the PT

> Reader plug-in for Firefox.  This would allow you to open a DTBook.xml

> file in Firefox and would read the MathML content natively.  The website

> is available at:


> What was so cool about this plug-in was that you could change the level

> of verbosity specific to math content to communicate more or less

> information about the equations. In other words, some students may

> prefer a very brief description of an equation whereas other students

> may prefer a more verbose description of the equation.  The plug-in

> handled all the necessary modifications as to how much was to be spoken

> to the user.


> By this point you may be thinking, "Okay, what's the catch?" and sadly,

> you are not mistaken.  The tool only supports up to Firefox 13 and does

> not always work seamlessly when it comes to navigation within a

> document; a minor issue, but very annoying.  Additionally, after

> upgrading Firefox you would need to uninstall parts of the plug-in and

> then reinstall new components if they were even supported.


> So, to give a long answer to a short question - yes, there is a tool

> that can read MathML content on a Mac, but it is not the most robust

> solution and your mileage may vary.


> Take care,

> Sean


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> Sean Keegan

> Associate Director, Assistive Technology

> Office of Accessible Education - Stanford University


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