[Athen] function signs in NVDA

Noble,Stephen L. steve.noble at louisville.edu
Thu Jun 11 13:49:27 PDT 2020

Make sure the reading is taking place in the Presentation view (F5)...not the slide edit view. Also, it the prof is trying to use plain text dash for a minus sign (that is, not embedding it in a MathType expression), then that is typically not voiced by NVDA unless you set it to read all punctuation.

There's a nice writeup of how to use MathType in PowerPoint so that it is accessible to screen readers:

--Steve Noble
steve.noble at louisville.edu

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Try downloading the Access8 Math add on through NVDA - that has built in code to read out many math symbols.

Here is the link:

Lexi Slovik

On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 12:23 PM Andrea L. Dietrich <adietrich at cornell.edu<mailto:adietrich at cornell.edu>> wrote:

Maybe try a different voice? I’ve noticed differences in various text-to-speech programs I’ve tried where different voices will read some things differently.

-Andi :)

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Subject: [Athen] function signs in NVDA

Hi all,

I was contacted by a math colleague of mine from AZ about a project she's working on creating a PPT slide deck for math using NVDA.

She's set up with MathType & MathPlayer, but has reported a problem with NVDA not recognizing simple function symbols such as "+" and "-" being read correctly in NVDA.

I could not easily find my notes on this and wondered if anyone out there has a suggestion about a simple fix for this? A setting?

Any info would be helpful for me to pass along to her

Thanks in advance.

Wink Harner

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