[Blindmath] Reading Math on the Internet

Neil Soiffer NeilS at dessci.com
Thu Mar 28 00:11:36 CDT 2013

Here's a little "secret" that I'm planning to blog about once MathPlayer
3.0 comes out (really, really soon):  you can make Wikipedia pages use
MathJax.  That means that if you read the pages via IE+MathPlayer, the math
is accessible (mostly -- there are some equations that are not coded
correctly, but almost all are).

There are several steps that you need to do, and sadly two of them are not
accessible so you will need a sighted colleague, but they are all "do it
once, work always on that computer".

I will detail all the steps in a blog, but the short form is:
1.  Create an account on Wikipedia (inaccessible captcha).
2.  In preferences, appearances, at the bottom click on "MathJax
(experimental; best for most browsers)"
3.  Click "save" at the bottom.
4.  Go to a Wikipedia page with math on it.  Right click on an equation,
choose math renderer as MathML.  This is inaccessible.
5.  You will now hear the math spoken.  Based on some feedback, be aware
that JAWS seems to wait for MathJax to render all the math, and this might
mean a 10 second pause or more before hearing anything on the page.  Some
people have thought JAWS died.  Be patient!

Good luck,

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

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM, GianniP46 <giannip46 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was on wikipedia looking up some stuff and was having difficulty reading
> equations with Jaws.  It seams like there is some sort of syntax they use.
>  For example, I tried to look up Heron's formula, but couldn't make any
> sense of it.
> Also, I was looking at completing the square and I was having difficulty
> with some of that syntax as well.  Is it a specific syntax they are using
> that I should learn?  anyone have any info on it?
> Gian Carlo Pedulla
> GianniP46 at earthlink.net
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