[Athen] How readers interpret math (Amy Baker)

steve.noble at louisville.edu steve.noble at louisville.edu
Thu May 5 18:34:58 PDT 2016

Well...as Karen alludes, the Math Support Finder...as the name implies...is meant to help people locate what technologies can provide access to mathematical contact. It is still in beta, but here it is:


It continues to be populated with cases where testing has verified the situation in which something works...not an easy task, since it often depends upon a wide collection of factors.

--Steve Noble
steve.noble at louisville.edu

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VoiceOver for iOS definitely works for reading mathML content on the web.


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On 5/5/16 7:35 PM, Karen Sorensen wrote:
Hi Amy,
The only solution that we know to currently work to read mathML (the accessibility standard for math) accurately on a computer is the NVDA screen reader with the Firefox browser and with MathType (and Math Player) installed on the computer being used. Keep an eye on the Diagram Center's Math Support Finder<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__msf.mathmlcloud.org_&d=AwMD-g&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=4WMck1ZVLo4tV0IVllcBNKXCSGU6lUERtx_4HD4DqmE&m=UbaR3Tpevc2KKo4vrPifhcq6A1OAubIGoKslEJl26Yk&s=ksLwnYeAt-VAcHbiu-77vYHPrbifgQA-P0Mm66P9xWc&e=>. Which I see says JAWS should be able to read math in Firefox. hmm... not the results I've seen.
The even trickier question is what can a student use to write math. Feel free to write me off-list and I'll send you what notes I've gathered on that issue.

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
Portland Community College
Twitter: @ksorensun

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