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suggestion for missing reference

From: Neil Soiffer <NeilS@DesSci.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 22:50:55 -0700
Message-ID: <065601c5aacb$4ac19210$6601a8c0@raindrops>
To: <wai-eo-editors@w3.org>

Congratulations on getting your pages up and ready for people to use.

As one of the MathML Working group members and a member of WCAG working 
group, I feel that
http://www.w3.org/WAI/specific-techs
should also mention MathML.  MathML was designed to improve access to 
mathematical expressions on the web for everyone.  My company (Design 
Science) has demonstrated MathML's accessibility by making MathPlayer (a 
free plug-in for IE that renders MathML) work with screen readers and other 
AT software.  We currently have an NSF grant to greatly enhance MathML's 
accessibility.

MathML is part of WCAG 1 and 2's recommendations.  Basically, the 
recommendation is to use MathML to represent math instead of images.  Hence, 
it might be appropriate to also mention MathML near the bottom of
http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/Overview
as an addition to
"are images supplied with alt texts, and if needed, the longdesc?"

There is an unfortunately perception that math is too hard to make 
accessible and it is certainly appropriate for the Education and Outreach WG 
to help educate people that there is an alternative to using images that 
enhances the accessibility of math on the web..

Neil Soiffer
Senior Scientist
Design Science, Inc.
neils@dessci.com
www.dessci.com
~ Makers of Equation Editor, MathType, MathPlayer and MathFlow ~
Received on Saturday, 27 August 2005 05:50:44 GMT

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