[Athen] MindTap (Cengage) and Math
gdietrich at htctu.net
Tue Dec 16 13:40:46 PST 2014
Steve Noble provided instructions awhile back on how to run IE in "Enterprise Mode" so that MathPlayer would still function. If you are interested, please see the details below.
What is Enterprise Mode?
Enterprise Mode, a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices, lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8, avoiding the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer.
Some of the changes we’ve made to let legacy apps work properly require that we turn off newer features, even if they have valuable benefits. For example, Internet Explorer gets substantial performance gains by using new tab switching features. Unfortunately, those tab switching features can also cause navigation errors on older generation, 3rd-party toolbars, so Enterprise Mode turns it off. Turning that feature off for all websites, instead of just the ones that need it, makes it so users are never able to experience the performance updates.
Turn on Enterprise Mode and use a site list
Before you can use Enterprise Mode and a site list, you must turn it on and set up the system for centralized control. By allowing centralized control, you can specify a single, global, list of websites that should be rendered using Enterprise Mode. Approximately 65 seconds after Internet Explorer 11 starts, it looks for a properly formatted site list that includes a version number. If your list has a different number, the newer version is loaded and used. After this initial check, Internet Explorer 11 won’t look for an updated list again until you restart the browser.
To turn on Enterprise Mode using Group Policy
1. Open your Group Policy editor, like Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).
2. Go to the Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list setting, and then click Enabled.
Turning this setting on also requires you to create and store a site list (see below).
3. In the Options area, type the location of your site list into the site list text box.
To turn on Enterprise Mode using the registry
1. Open a registry editor, such as regedit.exe.
2. If you want only the current user to use Enterprise Mode, go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode registry key.
If you want all of the computer users to run Enterprise Mode, use the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode version of this registry key.
3. Type the location for where you plan to store your Enterprise Mode site list file. Like, “SiteList”=”http://localhost:8080/sites.xml”.
All of your managed devices must have access to this location if you want them to be able to access and use Enterprise Mode and your site list.
To add a site to your compatibility list
1. In the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool, click Add.
2. Type the URL for the website that’s experiencing compatibility problems, like <domain>.com or <domain>.com/<path> into the URL box.
You don’t need to include the http:// or https:// designation. The tool will automatically try both versions during validation.
3. Type any comments about the website into the Notes about URL box.
Administrators can only see comments while they’re in this tool.
4. Pick Enterprise Mode if the site should use the new, modified browser configuration or pick Default IE if it should use the latest version of Internet Explorer.
The path within a domain can require a different compatibility mode from the domain itself. For example, the domain might look fine in the default Internet Explorer 11 browser, but the path might have problems and require the use of Enterprise Mode. If you added the domain previously, your original compatibility choice is still selected. However, if the domain is new, Enterprise Mode is automatically selected.
5. Click Save to validate your website and to add it to the site list for your enterprise.
If your site passes validation, it’s added to the global compatibility list. If the site doesn’t pass validation, you’ll get an error message explaining the problem. You’ll then be able to either cancel the site or ignore the validation problem and add it to your list anyway.
6. On the File menu, go to where you want to save the file, and then click Save to XML.
You can save the file locally or to a network share. However, you must make sure you deploy it to the location specified in your registry key. For more information about the registry key, see Turn on local control and logging for Enterprise Mode.
Turn on local control and logging for Enterprise Mode
To turn on local control of Enterprise Mode using Group Policy
1. Open your Group Policy editor, like Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).
2. Go to the Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu setting, and then click Enable.
3. In the Options area, type the location for where you want to receive reports about your employees turning Enterprise Mode on or off.
To turn on local control of Enterprise Mode using the registry
1. Open a registry editor, like regedit.exe
2. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode registry key, and then registry key, and then include the Enable value.
Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
408-996-6047 or 408-996-4636
From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Korey J Singleton
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 5:42 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] MindTap (Cengage) and Math
Thank you for the very quick follow-up! In attempting to download and install IE9, you are essentially pushed into downloading IE11 (I am using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit). There is probably a workaround for this (e.g., uninstalling service packs or even moving back to Windows Vista), but it involves a number of hurdles which I would hate to have to walk the student through. Besides that, we are limited on time in trying to provide this option as an alternative solution. My big concern, even if I could get it to work, is the ³fragility" of this potential solution. One hiccup or mistaken Windows update to IE11 and the student is again unable to access any of the mathematical content.
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On 12/14/14, 10:02 PM, "John Elmer" <JElmer at vcccd.edu> wrote:
>Try IE 9. It's my understanding that is the last compatible version
>before Microsoft screwed things up in terms of Math Player functionality.
>It will be important for EVERYONE for you to give this feedback to
>Cengage and Microsoft...and even Design Science, thought they seem to
>be up against Microsoft, the behemoth, who doesn't seem to give a tip
>as to what they have done to people with disabilities in terms of
>access via screen readers to math via XXTML/MML. Both Cengage and
>Microsoft need to either accommodate a Design a Science or engage with
>them on important some fixes. It seems like Cengage's their heart is
>(or might be) in the right place.
>> On Dec 14, 2014, at 6:44 PM, Korey J Singleton <ksinglet at gmu.edu> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I'm working with an XHTML version of a statistics textbook from
>>Cengage (via MindTap) and cannot seem to get Jaws, or any screen
>>reader for that matter, to recognize the mathematical content. It is
>>supposed to. I've tried using the text-to-speech tool (Readspeaker)
>>built into the MindTap application. I've tried using Jaws 16 with
>>both IE8 and IE11. Although Mathplayer works in IE8, the MindTap website will not render properly.
>>Although the MindTap application renders properly in IE10 or IE11,
>>Mathplayer will not work. I've also tried ChromeVox and Chrome,
>>although the student has no experience using either application.
>> If you have any suggestions on what I am doing wrong, I would love to
>>be enlightened. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.
>> Korey Singleton
>> ATI Manager
>> Assistive Technology Initiative
>> Aquia Building RM 238 MSN: 6A11
>> Fairfax Campus
>> 4400 University Drive
>> Fairfax, VA 22030
>> Phone: 703-993-2143
>> Fax: 703-993-4743
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