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October 09, 2013


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Juan Careaga

Or you can use MathJax

Neil Soiffer

As mentioned in the post, MathJax does not make the math accessible on its own and it is many times slower than if MathPlayer is present to do the rendering. On a Wikipedia page that uses MathJax, it might takes 10 or more seconds longer to render than if MathJax is able to hand off the math display to MathPlayer.

Y. Wang

Can we not view Math from other browsers such as Chrome?

Neil Soiffer

Using MathJax, you can view MathML in any browser.

As great as MathJax is, it is much slower than a native solution. IE+MathPlayer used to be the best and fastest way to view pages with math. I would now give the nod to Firefox, although its MathML implementation is not as complete as MathPlayer's implementation.

With ChromeVox in Chrome, you get accessibility, but it doesn't work with other assistive technology. So if you are using JAWS or Kurzweil, you need to turn them off and start ChromeVox. Also, ChromeVox is at about the level MathPlayer was at 8 years ago in terms of accessibility. No languages other than English and not very natural speech. They are working on the later, but they have a long way to go.

Neil Soiffer

If you are concerned about the lack of math accessibility in IE10 and IE11, you can call Microsoft's accessibility number: 1-800-936-5900. Be patient--they probably don't have much experience with math accessibility--just make sure they take down the information that IE's math accessibility is critical to you and you would like them to fix the bug in IE10 that causes IE10 to crash when viewing math expressions in tables.

If you know Rob Sinclair, the Accessible Technology Group’s Director at Microsoft, you can let him know how you feel about this issue. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about accessibility and he will listen to your concerns.


Not to mention that plugins generally aren't support in Metro mode already in IE 10.

Should this effort not work out in bringing back support for this plugin type then how about at least bug MS to look into offering MathML on their own? I would never expected them to implement WebGL either and basic MathML support can already be found in the Office products so who knows?


Does IE10 and IE11 crash etc even if you force them to render in, for example, IE9 mode?


Got MathPlayer working on Windows 8.1 (IE 11 installed).

- Install MathPlayer
- Install Chrome
- Download the IE Tab extension from the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ie-tab/hehijbfgiekmjfkfjpbkbammjbdenadd?hl=en-US).
- Launch an IE Tab in Chrome.
- Browse to http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/check.htm and check to see if it's working properly.

The IE Tab plugin uses the IE rendering engine within a Chrome tab. I haven't done extensive troubleshooting, but compatibility mode was still on in actual IE11, so that may be necessary.

Neil Soiffer

IE10 & IE11 will crash even if you use IE8 or IE9 compatibility mode. It seems to work for IE5 and IE7 compatibility modes.




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