[Blindmath] MathPlayer 3 (Preview Release 1) is now available

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Fri Dec 2 10:49:14 CST 2011


Hello,
I have to admit I am not fully sure what the situation is and what problem is being encountered. May be some of the following will help:

* MathPlayer adds MathML support to Internet Explorer.
* Mozilla firefox has built in MathML support therefore does not need MathPlayer.
* Internet Explorer and MathPlayer is the only accessible combination of MathML and web browser to screen reader users (IE. Firefox does not give any accessible MathML).

Here are the specific points where I think I am getting stuck with what you said. I don't quite understand what is meant by developing materials with MathPlayer? MathPlayer is for viewing MathML, so did you mean get staff using MathML to develop their course materials or may be did you mean MathType? I will possibly take the former for this next bit. So if using MathML for materials, Mozilla firefox should manage it (at least for sighted people not needing accessibility). What did you mean where you said that blackboard uses mozilla? May be its my lack of knowledge of blackboard here, however I would have thought even if its using a Mozilla browser (including embedded browser controls) then MathML should work fine. Is it using blackboard in another way?

Michael Whapples
On 2 Dec 2011, at 14:38, Bente Casile wrote:

> Neil,
> 
> This is a question for you, but I am putting it out here because others may benefit from the dialog.  After teaching and demonstrating Math Player we have convinced out math teachers to start using it to develop their materials so our blind students can have accessibility....!!!  Here's the glitch.  We have a stats teacher who has developed all her materials but is having trouble putting them on Blackboard.  I must admit our Blackboard uses Mozilla, and that may be the issue.  Is there any way for us to get around this and get her material out there.  We are hoping to Math Jax on at the server level to avoid issues from the student browser side.  Any guidence/info would be greatly appreciated.
> 
> Bente J. Casile
> 
> Bente J. Casile
> Math Learning Specialist
> Disability Services
> Holding Hall Room 124
> Wake Technical Community College 
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> 
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>>>> Neil Soiffer <NeilS at dessci.com> 12/1/2011 8:11 PM >>>
> After many months of saying MathPlayer 3 will be available in a couple of
> weeks, it is now really available.  For more info about what's in
> MathPlayer 3, see:
> http://accessiblemath.dessci.com/2011/12/mathplayer-3-preview-release-1-is-now-available.html 
> 
> If you use IE9, I do NOT recommend that you download MathPlayer 3 at this
> time.  Late in the development, we discovered that IE 9's support of XHTML
> is not letting AT get at MathPlayer's interfaces.  We have been working
> with the IE9 team since then to identify the problem and try and get it
> resolved.  That discussion is still on-going.  For visual display of
> MathML, MathPlayer and IE9 work well together.
> 
> Neil Soiffer
> Senior Scientist
> Design Science, Inc.
> www.dessci.com 
> ~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, Equation Editor ~
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