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Re: MathML and simple maths content


From: Bim Egan
Date: May 29, 2019 2:50AM

Hi Isabel,

I did a little research on this for a client, and found the following that
may be useful.

WIRIS Math Type (equation editor and image producer:

It's engine not only produces an image, but also the alt text that I thought
made the equation very clear.

There's an example on one of their tutorial pages at:


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-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf
Of Isabel Holdsworth
Sent: 29 May 2019 08:58
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] MathML and simple maths content

Hi Lisa,

I'm testing MathML with three browsers and getting inconsistent results.
IE11 seems to work best, then Firefox, but JAWS and Chrome seem to provide
the info to screenreaders sometimes and not others.
It's frustrating, as I don't know what to suggest to our customer other than
to ensure that JAWS is always paired with IE11.

Cheers, Isabel

On 28/05/2019, L Snider < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi Isabel,
> I would be curious to see what answers you get, as I know in EPUBs
> best practice (right now) is to do MathML AND plain text summaries (or
> whatever can be done in terms of explanations). I don't work with math
> on websites, so would love to know more about whether the two mesh or not.
> Cheers
> Lisa
> On Tue, May 28, 2019 at 8:34 AM Isabel Holdsworth
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Is it preferable to use MathML for all maths content, even simple
>> additions, fractions, etc? Or would plain text ( 1 + 2 or 1/4 ) be
>> acceptable?
>> I get mixed results with MathML depending on which
>> screenreader/browser combination I'm using, and sometimes I wonder if
>> plain text would provide more consistent results.
>> Thanks, Isabel
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