[Athen] MathType/MathPlayer question

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at asu.edu
Thu Jan 31 14:47:01 PST 2013

Aloha, all. I'm looking for a solution to a recently-discovered problem with MathPlayer and MathType content. We currently produce MathPage (HTML/MathML) documents as a math textbook alternative for students who use screen-readers and don't read Braille and are audio learners. It has worked great up until last week, when a student contacted me with the following issue: his primary computer is a Mac with Voiceover. We know he can't access the materials in the MacOS so he said no problem, he would use his old Windows machine and JAWS. Turns out his Windows computer is running Windows XP, which only supports up to Internet Explorer 8. When he launches IE8, he gets a Microsoft message that he needs to upgrade or switch to Firefox or Chrome - it apparently won't let him move forward and use the browser even to read our documents off-line. XP won't let him upgrade IE, and MathPlayer won't run in any other browser. I can't ask the student to go buy a new Windows machine, needless to say. Can anyone recommend an alternative player of any kind that can handle MathType output? The student is falling behind and I want to find a solution that doesn't involve me setting the student up with a human reader for his materials access, although he is actually open to that solution.
Thanks for any suggestions you have,
Teresa LW Haven, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Alternative Format Services
Disability Resource Center
Arizona State University

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