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Re: Math Online: Images or MathML?

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From: Christophe Strobbe
Date: Aug 19, 2008 3:50AM


Hi Elizabeth,

At 20:02 18/08/2008, you wrote:
>Hello:
>
>I hope this isn't old territory, but we are working on an online
>course with complicated enough equations to require an Equation
>Editor.
>
>The editor we are using (MathMagic) can export both image files and
>MathML (within an XML file containing XHTML and MathML), but we want
>to make sure the MathML is accessible for screen readers.

According to Design Science, their MathPlayer (plugin for IE) works
with JAWS, Window-Eyes, HAL, Read & Write, and BrowseAloud. MathPlayer
also has a zoom feature.
See <http://www.dessci.com/en/company/press/releases/040722.htm>;
and <http://www.dessci.com/en/company/press/releases/070917.htm>;.


There is some interesting information on Dominique Archambault's blog
"chez dom" at <http://chezdom.net/blog/>;, for example
"How to set up MS Internet Explorer for displaying MathML contents" at
<http://chezdom.net/blog/?p=35>;.

The @Science network has been collecting experiences and (best)
practices regarding access to mathematics and science, and its
deliverables are publicly available at
<http://www.ascience.eu/?q=en/pub_deliverables>;.

A related network, JEM - Joining Educational Mathematics, has also
published some accessibility-related items on one of their blogs;
see Olga Caprotti's blog at
<http://www.jem-thematic.net/en/blog/5>;.


>Does anyone have an opinion on whether MathML can be accessed by
>screen readers or whether images with alt tags are still a safer
>choice?

Out of curiosity, I would like to know what alt text you would
publish. Wikipedia uses LaTeX; see "Using LaTeX markup" in the
"Wikipedia Manual of Style (mathematics):
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_(mathematics)>.

Best regards,

Christophe



>Thank you in advance.
>
>Elizabeth Pyatt
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