[Athen] Office Mix and math (cross posted)

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Mon Mar 20 12:06:00 PDT 2017

Assuming that the screen reader works with the LaTeX editor, then, yes, a screen reader should be able to read the LaTeX equations—assuming that they are still in the TeX language and have not been converted to “display” math.

You can try this with MathType in MS Word. You can toggle between display math and TeX in MathType using Alt + \.



Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
HTCTU Director


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Karen Sorensen
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To: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv; athen-list at u.washington.edu; blindmath at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Athen] Office Mix and math (cross posted)

Hi Friends,

We have instructors who love the Office Mix plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint. It basically turns your PPT into a multimedia presentation. And it's screen reader accessible (at least with NVDA), even the interactive quizzes. But it only allows the author to input LaTeX into the interactive quizzes (which are built after the conversion to Office Mix), which did not read well with NVDA (and Math Player).
Can any screen reader read math in LaTeX format?

We could convert it to MathType or MathML (I'm not sure which it would need to be since the Mix is published to the Web, but it's not a web page), but Office Mix won't allow us to input anything but LaTeX.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!


Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
Portland Community College

Twitter: @ksorensun

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