[Blindmath] Accessible math in Wikipedia using MathPlayer

Neil Soiffer NeilS at dessci.com
Tue Aug 6 22:02:27 UTC 2013


If you mean that you can't arbitrarily navigate a math expression, that's
not implemented yet.  I do understand that is a problem and hope to have a
solution in a few months.  You can however walk around the linear string of
words used (in NVDA, the default key binding for that is numpad 4 and 6),
so you can do some review.  It's not great, but better than nothing.  In
any case, hearing the math is vastly better than hearing gibberish or
nothing.

I just tried NVDA and have two warnings to give:
1.  When NVDA loads a page, it asks MathPlayer to translate every bit of
math on the page before it will start reading the page.  I think it may do
that 2 or 3 times, so a page load is REALLY, REALLY slow for pages with
lots of math.  Go out and get a cup of coffee or get some exercise :-)
I'll file a bug with the NVDA folks.

2.  NVDA doesn't ask for the "smart" speech (speech geared towards the TTS
voice).  So MathPlayer adds "." and "," to get some pausing.  By default,
NVDA tries to speak some of these.  I recommend setting speech to not speak
the punctuation (it's under voice settings).

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





On Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Kevin Fjelsted <kfjelsted at gmail.com> wrote:

> The problem is that if one is using a screen reader such as NVDA it
> doesn't seem that the integration provides for exploration of the equation
> i.e., right-click?
> How does one resolve this issue?
> -Kevin
>
> On Aug 6, 2013, at 2:11 PM, Neil Soiffer <NeilS at dessci.com> wrote:
>
> > A while back I said I was going to write a blog post on how to make math
> > accessible in Wikipedia using MathPlayer.  I've finally written it:
> >
> http://accessiblemath.dessci.com/2013/08/wikipedia-accessible-math-in-3-easy-steps.html
> >
> > There's a lot of math in Wikipedia, so I think this will be really useful
> > for some of you.
> >
> > I've written some other posts on using some of MathPlayer 3's new
> > accessibility features, so if you are using MathPlayer, you might want to
> > look through the last few postings to see if there is something in which
> > you are interested.
> >
> > Neil Soiffer
> > Senior Scientist
> > Design Science, Inc.
> > www.dessci.com
> > ~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, Equation Editor ~
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