[Blindmath] IOS7 and math support

Kevin Fjelsted kfjelsted at gmail.com
Fri Oct 4 23:51:15 UTC 2013

To see an example set of equations and try them with IOS voiceover go to http://www.mathjax.org/demos/mathml-samples/ and set the render to MathML.

On Oct 4, 2013, at 3:17 PM, Michael Whapples <mwhapples at aim.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I remember a brief comment recently about the math support in VoiceOver in IOS7.
> I have just taken a quick look at some of it.
> My main interest is in accessibility of reading math, thus I have only looked at that side of things.
> I viewed a page with some maths in MathML in Safari. VoiceOver read the equations fine and allowed one to explore the equations bit by bit. When flicking left and right, it appears an equation is a single object and voiceover reads the entire equation. However once you are on the equation, you may double tap it and go down a level to explore parts of the fraction, and each part may be double tapped to decend another level. An alternative way to explore the equation is that in the rotor you will find options for size of parts of the equation to navigate by if flicking up and down.
> I tried with my Braille display connected to see what Braille output would be produced and the output was in Nemeth. I am not an expert in Nemeth and I have only done some limited testing, but the Nemeth did look correct to me.
> While I have not tried Nemeth input, one would hope that with all the above math accessibility that may be the Nemeth input might be back translation and MathML would be inserted. Quite where one might insert math on an IOS device I am not sure (IE. can you enter it in any edit box or must it be a math enabled one).
> Other things I have not tested is math accessibility in any other apps, I do not know whether this is going to be limited to Safari and any apps using the standard web browser control.
> Also assuming the Nemeth input does result in a proper equation, I do not know what the option is for math input for those without a Braille keyboard.
> Providing this support works as well on other equations other than the limited ones I have tried it with, this certainly seems a step forward for math accessibility.
> Michael Whapples
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