[Athen] Math on a Mac -- updates? Is Office 2016 an option?

steve.noble at louisville.edu steve.noble at louisville.edu
Wed Aug 24 10:58:31 PDT 2016

By way of an update, the problem with parentheses and brackets not being read has been fixed at least for OSX. I don't remember now if the fix was in an update to VoiceOver, or if the problem only happened with MathJax content and the change to MathJax 2.6 is the explanation...but regardless, I can confirm that expressions containing brackets and/or parentheses will be spoken as left or right parenthesis or left or right bracket. This is true either with HTML+MathML content or HTML+MathJax content, and it works in either Safari or Firefox on the Mac (I am using the current version, OSX El Capitan 10.11.6). It won't work with Chrome on the Mac...in that case your only choice is to use the ChromeVox reader.

I have not tried iOS lately, so I don't know if the fix made it over for students using iPads or iPhones. But the OSX experience is clearly fixed. As far as I know, there has been no recent breakthrough in access to math equations within Word documents on the Mac, though the Windows options are indeed viable.

Hope that helps,

--Steve Noble
steve.noble at louisville.edu

From: athen-list [athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] on behalf of Foster, Julia [jfoster at ocadu.ca]
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Subject: [Athen] Math on a Mac -- updates? Is Office 2016 an option?

Hi everyone,
A question came up from a student re: using a Mac and VoiceOver and reading/writing stats homework (e.g. for a statistics course)? Here’s what I’ve gathered so far from previous mailouts and asking :

• Accessibility office creates HTML files in MathML (I’m asking for more info on this)

• Student reads using VoiceOver and Safari for iOS EXCEPT brackets and parentheses aren’t read which is a huge issue – I think this is the combo is the only solution suggested on the Math Support Finder http://msf.mathmlcloud.org/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__msf.mathmlcloud.org_&d=AwMFAg&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=4WMck1ZVLo4tV0IVllcBNKXCSGU6lUERtx_4HD4DqmE&m=9AP6U-mcqsA1eqODnUujdKKtNHodJLWJcpTd6yFPtlg&s=eavg2FHBPmyYniGSu8O-vPA6ZQI8wTs7E87yNqsDU-s&e=>

• Best combination is on Windows determined is Windows + NVDA + Mathplayer + FireFox (and incorporating a link to the MAthjax library in the HTML code – though I’m not entirely sure what this means)

Some questions:

• Any updates to this? Likely not since the last emails on this list were only a few months ago

• Has anyone tried out Office 2016 for Mac yet? We don’t have it, but it’s supposed to be accessible to VoiceOver, though I’m not sure if that includes equations and also not sure how efficient that would be on its own.


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