How can Design Science
products make math accessible?
Design Science is committed to designing the types of software tools
the education, scientific and publishing communities need to make math accessible. If you create math content, you
will want to learn more about our current math authoring products like
MathType and
MathFlow, both of
which can assist you in creating accessible math
content. If you want to gain access to math on the web,
or in other digital environments, using screen reading technology, then you
will want to find out more about
MathPlayer, our free technology for Internet Explorer. Our MathType product also provides special accessibility features
that make it easier for someone with low vision, a physical
disability, or handwriting problems such as
dysgraphia to complete math homework assignments, take tests, or create original math
materials.
Textbook publishers, test publishers, and instructional
software developers all need to create universally designed math content that can be equally
accessible to students with and without disabilities. By using MathML
authoring tools, anyone can create math equations which are visually
appealing whether viewed in print or on a computer screen, but which are
also accessible to people with disabilities using assistive technologies. In
this way all students can use the same content as soon as it is created,
which ensures that students with disabilities will have accessible versions
of math materials at the same time as their nondisabled peers, and provides
for compliance with Federal and State accessibility provisions.
Design Science MathType for Windows and Macintosh is a
powerful interactive tool that will allow you to create standard print,
large print, braille and webbased documents that contain math. MathType is
a mainstream equation editor that works with common word processors,
presentation programs, page layout programs, HTMLauthoring tools and many
other types of software, to create equations for research papers, class
materials, web pages, slide presentations, journal articles, books, and
tests. MathType is especially convenient for people who want to author math
materials in Microsoft Word that can then be exported to a web page with
accessible math equations using MathType's
MathPage feature.
MathType can also be used to create braille math materials with supported
translation software. Duxbury
Braille Translator version 10.7, for example, includes support for direct
import of Microsoft Word documents containing mathematical equations created
with MathType, allowing users to author math with MathType in MS Word and then
translate those materials to braille.
The Design Science MathFlow? product consists of several
components that can be integrated into XML publishing workflows where MathML is used.
MathFlow provides an
easytouse interface with functionality to support all steps of the
production process. MathFlow can be an effective solution for publishers who are required by
Federal and State mandates to produce accessible versions of their products.
Providing Alternative Access to Reading Math in Web
Documents and Textbooks
Design Science
MathPlayer makes math accessible to the end user by enhancing Internet Explorer to display,
enlarge and speak mathematical
expressions authored in MathML. Blind and visually impaired individuals who use screen readers
such as NVDA, WindowEyes, HAL, Supernova, JAWS, MAGic, and Serotek System Access can use MathPlayer to speak the math in the page along with the words.
For those with learning disabilities, MathPlayer also works with Read &
Write and Browsealoud, both from TextHelp.
MathPlayer implements Microsoft's Active Accessibility (MSAA) interface
so that assistive software, such as screen readers, can seamlessly take
advantage of MathPlayer's mathtospeech technology. Most screen readers
make use of this standard interface. MathPlayer is available to anyone free
of charge.
Many people with low vision, a physical disability, or
handwriting problems such as dysgraphia find writing math with pencil and
paper impossible. With MathType, anyone who uses a computer as a common
writing accommodation can also have the independence to complete math
homework assignments, take math tests, or create original math materials
without having to resort to a human scribe.
Teachers can use MathType and Microsoft Word to prepare classroom materials,
homework assignments, and examinations for
all students, and then provide an electronic copy of the
Microsoft Word document to their special needs students
for them to edit electronically using MathType's accessibility features.
Other users may wish to use MathType's accessible math entry features in
order to cutandpaste MathType's MathML output into other applications. Some
students may also wish to use MathType to speak equations out
loud using their standard screen reader.
Buyers with the U.S. Federal Government or other sectors needing to verify
compliance with federal accessibility standards can obtain our Section
508 Voluntary
Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) information for MathType in either
HTML or RTF formats.
