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Re: MathML and screen readers

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 13:37:51 -0400 (EDT)
To: Laurie Harrison <laurie.harrison@utoronto.ca>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Taras Kowaliw <taras.kowaliw@utoronto.ca>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0108241330450.13729-100000@tux.w3.org>
There is information on this as part of the implementation report for MathML
2.0 - http://www.w3.org/Math/iandi/ - which suggests that techexplorer can be
connected to IBM ViaVoice to give speech output, and that Mathematica can be
used in windows to give speech-based authoring and rendering. Mozilla can
also be used, although I am not sure how well current screen readers work
with it. On the other hand Mozilla have an accessibility project where they
are trying to improve this.

(I haven't tried any of these, but I believe they were tested by users who
were blind)


Charles McCN

On Mon, 9 Jul 2001, Laurie Harrison wrote:

  Dear Paul:

  Here is a response to your query from one of our staff who has been conducting
  research as to whether screen readers can access MathML content.


  Taras Kowaliw wrote:

  > After doing a rather extensive search a few months ago, the answer is
  > unfortunately no. The output from screen readers when confronted by the
  > MathML implementations which I checked (Amaya, Mozilla, iMath, IBM
  > Hypermedia, and a few others) is either non-existent or nonsensically
  > formatted. The ATRC is currently working on something in this vein
  > (http://nide.snow.utoronto.ca/MathML/).
  > ===========================================
  > Taras Kowaliw,
  > Access Software Designer and Programmer,
  > Centre for Academic and Adaptive Technology,
  > University of Toronto
  > tel .: 416.946.5358
  > fax.: 416.971.2896
  > email: taras.kowaliw@utoronto.ca
  > www: http://snow.utoronto.ca/~taras

  Laurie Harrison
  Education Coordinator
  Centre for Academic and Adaptive Technology, Information Commons
  University of Toronto

  (416) 946-3778

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