# MathPlayer

## Accessible Math Takes Another Step Forward

Wikipedia recently changed its default so that not only does most math look better, but is also accessible by default. It used to be that by default, Wikipedia delivered math as PNG images. Here’s an example of what that looks like:

With PNGs, not only does the math not look very nice (wrong size and blurry), it isn’t accessible.

## MathPlayer 4 public beta 2 now available

We just announced the release of the MathPlayer 4 public beta 2.

## The State of Accessible Math at the 9th European e-Accessibility Forum, Paris

Neil Soiffer will present *The State of Accessible Math* as an invited speaker at the 9th European e-Accessibility Forum in Paris on On June 8th. So you're probably asking yourself, "what is the state of accessible math?" Well, I am glad you asked. Recent advances in accessible technology now make it possible to use screen readers to read aloud Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and web pages in Firefox that contain math.

## MathPlayer 4 – Spoken accessible math in Microsoft Word at POSB Math/Science Institute, April 14-15

At the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) Math/Science Institute this week in Boston, Neil Soiffer will demonstrate MathPlayer 4 and its ability to read math in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Microsoft Word. Design Science has been working jointly with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and assisted by some of the country’s leading subject matter experts and developers of assistive technology.

## MathPlayer 4 works with assistive technology products

We just announced the release of the MathPlayer 4 public beta. Students with blindness or other visual impairments are now able to learn, practice and take math and science tests on a more equal footing with their classroom peers. Design Science has been working jointly with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and assisted by some of the country's leading subject matter experts and developers of assistive technology. The initial release works with the NVDA screen reader to speak and Braille math in Microsoft Word & PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Firefox.

## CSUN Conference: Math accessibility in browsers, Word, and beyond

Neil Soiffer will be presenting *A Survey of Math Accessibility in 2015: Browsers, Word, and Beyond* later this week at the 30th Annual International Technology & Persons With Disabilities Conference in San Diego. During the presentation, he will survey the current status of math accessibility in browsers, Word, and other applications.

## CSUN Journal article: Research reveals promising academic results for accessible math eText

*Steve Noble, Accessibility Research Consultant (Guest Author)*

The CSUN Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities has recently published an article I authored entitled *Using Mathematics eText in the Classroom: What the Research Tells Us*. This article summarizes and compares the findings from two federally-funded multi-year research studies in which middle school students with learning disabilities used accessible math content with MathPlayer in combination with their standard classroom assistive technology. In both studies, students who used content in MathML were shown to increase academic performance in the mathematics classroom.

## Elsevier commits to EPUB 3 format for all new ebooks

Elsevier, the world's largest publishing company, has just announced that they are going to produce all new ebooks in the EPUB 3 format. This is significant because, unlike proprietary ebook formats, EPUB is a public standard and version 3 requires MathML to be used for all mathematical equations in order to enable the math to be accessible, searchable, and interoperable.

## Microsoft cripples the display of math in IE10 & 11

For the past 12 years, IE users have benefited from our free MathPlayer plugin to display and speak math on the web. MathPlayer has been downloaded over a million times and billions of expressions have been rendered by it on the web. Additionally, tens of million expressions have been spoken allowing people with disabilities from dyslexia to blindness to get access to math.

## Wikipedia: Accessible math in 3 easy steps!

Wikipedia is a leading source of information for students and professionals, but the math in Wikipedia has been off limits to those who rely on screen readers. With MathJax and MathPlayer, that's no longer true: you can hear the math and see it highlighted as it is spoken. MathPlayer's ability to generate speech in 15 languages means that accessible math isn't confined to just the English pages.