Improving Access to Math on the Web using MathType

Sean Keegan

Web Accessibility Instructor
High Tech Center Training Unit for the California Community Colleges

Overview

Math and Access Challenges

Notes:
WinTriangle is a software application that is designed to be a "rich-text editor" for math and scientific notation and allows a user to enter and read mathematical equations. It is still in early development, but may be usable for visually-impaired/blind students who do not read Nemeth or Dots Plus braille.

 

 

MathType

 

 

 

MathPlayer

Creating Web Pages

 

 

Sample Workflow

Notes:
The web page will be exported with a .xht extension. This extension may not be recognized on your local computer by Internet Explorer and may only open with a Mozilla/Netscape browser provided you have the appropriate math fonts installed. However, if you upload the file to the server, then it should render correctly in Internet Explorer provided the .xht extension is a recognized MIME-type for your web server. For information on configuring the server check out: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/author/creatingpages.htm. This generally requires adding the .xht extension to the recognized MIME-types for the server.

If you will be serving up a number of websites with math content, you may wish to review Design Science's information about setting up Web servers, gateway pages, etc. at: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/author/creatingsites.htm

 

 

Considerations

Notes:
The sample template is available at: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/author/creatingpages.htm .

 

 

Using Scientific Notebook

Notes:
Similar to exporting from MS Word with MathType, the web page that will be exported will contain a .xht extension. This extension may not be recognized on your local computer by Internet Explorer and may only open with a Mozilla/Netscape browser provided you have the appropriate math fonts installed. However, if you upload the file to the server, then it should render correctly in Internet Explorer provided the .xht extension is a recognized MIME-type for your web server. For information on configuring the server check out: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/author/creatingpages.htm. This generally requires adding the .xht extension to the recognized MIME-types for the server.

 

 

Converting to Nemeth

 

 

Resources

Notes:
For the MathML fonts, the hyperlink to install the fonts is called "font installer" and is located in the right sidebar of the page.

 

 

Thank You