[BlindMath] Accessibility of MS Word-Based Math ML of Bookshare Material

White, Jason J jjwhite at ets.org
Sat Mar 9 15:54:42 UTC 2019

What happens if you download it in EPUB format, then use the Readium Chrome extension to read it?

I can't help you in relation to Microsoft Word format.

On 3/9/19, 10:47, "BlindMath on behalf of Bhavya shah via BlindMath" <blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org on behalf of Blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:

    Dear all,

    I was recently comparing the readibility of mathematical and
    scientific content of a Bookshare-published Chemistry textbook in
    different formats. When viewing the book via the Bookshare web reader,
    all calculations and equations were rendered in Math ML, recognized by
    Math Player 4,  and picked up and verbalized by NVDA 2018.3, all on
    Mozilla Firefox. However, when I downloaded the same book from
    Bookshare in the Word format, and opened the Word file for that
    textbook on my computer using MS Word 2016, and failed to properly
    read those very same reactions and equations, which were being
    displayed instead as plain text in bits and pieces, somewhat
    resemblingg what NVDA should have actually read that Math ML as.

    There are two potential explanations that come to my mind for the
    cause of this discrepancy:
    * Bookshare has issues in its conversion and packaging of mathematical
    and scientiffic content-containing textbooks into Word files (and not
    whilst rendering it using the Bookshare web reader)
    * Math Player is giving me trouble since contrary to the Math Player
    User Manual, I do not see any Math Player tab in the Word ribbon/menu
    which raises suspicion (less likely because I am able to read Math ML
    content elsewhere, such as on the web and in one other Word document,
    probably thanks to the functionality of Math Player)

    I would appreciate any comments or insights you may have on the cause
    and subsequently the remedy for the above described problems that I am
    facing, particularly on your own personal experiences about the
    accessibility of mathematical and scientific material downloaded from
    Bookshare in the Word format.


    Best Regards
    Bhavya Shah

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