[Athen] MathType and Screen Readers

Keith Kolander kkolander at stchas.edu
Wed Feb 13 14:28:08 PST 2019

I stick with what works – NVDA w/MathType and MathPlayer. (It’s fast and easy to convert a Word doc with the Convert Equations option.)

Keith Kolander
Adaptive Technology Specialist
St. Charles Community College
Cottleville, MO 63376

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I have a question for you. We are trying to create Word Documents using MathType that are to be read by screen readers and we are facing a few issues. The folks at WIRIS have said:

1. The JAWS and NVDA screen readers both work to read math content in web pages (with equations in mathml), but JAWS doesn't read MathType equations in Word/PowerPoint. Only NVDA screen reader with MathPlayer/MathType will read MathType equations in Word/PowerPoint.
2. Voiceover does not yet read the math content (MathType equations). Apple hasn't implemented the functionality for the reader to interpret them at this time. In the past, we contacted Apple regarding the need for this, but they don't have any immediate plans to integrate the feature. We don't have a way to get it working with Voiceover.
What has been your experience? Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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