Re: [Athen] Students with Learning Disabilities and Textbooks withMath
ron at ahead.org
ron at ahead.org
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
The Mac issue really needs to be resolved, hope iAuthor can work it out.
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Sean J Keegan <skeegan at stanford.edu>
> To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
> 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: http://www.cwu.edu/disability-support/pt-reader
> 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 Keegan
> Associate Director, Assistive Technology
> Office of Accessible Education - Stanford University
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