Re: Question about reading math in PPTs with NVDA + MathCAT


It is certainly true that this list aspires to be a welcoming home for all
MathML-related discussions, including questions about speech generation
from math. Thank you for writing in!

Your question appears to narrowly address a technical problem between 3
technologies: MS Office, NVDA and MathCat. As it doesn't address a general
topic of discussion, it may be better filed as a project-specific issue to
a repository, or emailed directly to a maintainer?

In this case I suspect a good next step would be opening a MathCAT github
issue at:

It sounds like a kind of problem that should be solvable and within the
intended scope of the tools mentioned.


On Mon, Oct 23, 2023 at 12:31 PM Ciporen, Laura <> wrote:

> Hello, all.
> I was told this was a good group to write to with questions about using
> and reading math with screen readers. Any help would be appreciated.
> I am working on creating PPTs with math in them that has been rendered
> using Microsoft’s built-in equation editor. I’ve downloaded MathCAT (latest
> version) but when I go to the slide with NVDA it only reads the numbers in
> my equations, not the full thing. This is true both of the equation that I
> added inline in a regular text placeholder and the one that I added as its
> own object. I haven’t changed any settings in NVDA (or MathCAT) from its
> defaults except to change the voice to Microsoft Speech API, per the MathCAT
> user guide <>.
> The attached slide reads fine when I author the math in MathType, but not
> if I author it with Microsoft’s equation editor.
>    1. Does MathCAT just not work for PPTs, or not work for math created
>    with Microsoft’s built-in equation editor?
>    2. Is there some additional thing I need to do to make it work
>    properly?
>    3. Are there navigation commands that are needed to get the equation
>    to actually read?
> Thank you for your help.
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