[Blindmath] FW: [Athen] MathML in Firefox

Neil Soiffer Neils at dessci.com
Fri Jun 5 13:17:45 CDT 2009


Coincidentally, I just submitted a grant proposal that includes among other
things, porting MathPlayer's functionality to Firefox.  If we get the grant,
then by next summer, there will hopefully be a solution... IF (and those of
you who read my postings probably know what is coming next)... you can
convince your screen reader vendor to call MathPlayer as they walk the
Firefox DOM and come to math.  If I implement math accessibility, sadly,
that doesn't mean screen readers will take advantage of it.  Make sure your
screen reader manufacturer (commercial or open source) makes math access a
priority.

Neil Soiffer
Senior Scientist
Design Science, Inc.
www.dessci.com
~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, WebEQ, Equation
Editor ~


On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 9:15 AM, Michael Whapples <mwhapples at aim.com> wrote:

> As far as I know there isn't any current accessibility for mathml in
> firefox.
>
> Michael Whapples
>
> On 05/06/09 15:38, Burke, Dan (DSS) wrote:
>
>> Greetings -
>>
>> This is a post from a higher ed list -- anyone able to offer an answer
>> to the question below?
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Dan
>>
>>
>> Daniel J. Burke
>> Assistant Director/Coordinator
>> Disability Services for Students
>> Emma B. Lommasson 154
>> The University of Montana
>> Missoula, MT 59812
>>
>> www.umt.edu/dss/
>>
>> 406.243.2243 voice/text
>> 406.243.4424 direct line
>> 406.243.5330 fax
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
>> Behalf Of Sean J Keegan
>> Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 12:12 AM
>> To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
>> Subject: Re: [Athen] MathML in Firefox
>>
>>  >  Good morning all, does anyone know of any efforts to fully
>>  >  support something like MathPlayer in Firefox of another
>>  >  suitable tool that fully exposes the equation to a screen
>>  >  reader.
>>
>> At CSUN a few years ago, I asked about math support in the Firefox
>> browser to the Mozilla group and to the Design Science group with the
>> focus on assistive technology.  At the time, both companies expressed
>> interest in such functionality, but that was about as far as the
>> conversation actually got.
>>
>> Otherwise, I am not aware of any other tool or application that supports
>>
>> exposing the equation to AT in Firefox.
>>
>> Take care,
>> Sean
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