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Re: Generate PDF including MathML


From: Jamous, JP
Date: Aug 29, 2016 11:18AM

Just my own thoughts. No previous experience.

1. MathML is a part of HTML5. That is why it does not work with PDF files. PDF files add their tags into a XML file.

2. There might be a possibility if an Adobe add-on can be installed that would render MathML to screen readers. This might be a hard one to find, but if there is one for browsers, you'd think there should be one for Adobe as well.


Jean-Pierre Jamous
Digital Accessibility Specialist & Developer
UI Accessibility Team

The only limitations in life are those we set for ourselves


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Hi David,
I don't believe there is anyway to make MathML accessible in a PDF.
You can have MathML in a web page, or MathType in a MS Office document can be read if the screen reader has a full version of MathType on their local drive, but I don't know of anyway to make MathML accessible in a PDF. Check out the MathFinder by Diagram Center for options.
At my institution, we ask instructors who want to use PDFs to keep their source documents (usually Word with MathType) and if we have an accommodation, we convert their source documents into HTML or Braille or simply let the student use the Word doc.
Best of luck!

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses www.pcc.edu/access Portland Community College
Twitter: @ksorensun