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Accessibility Workshop for Brooklyn College: Create Accessible MATH

Making Math Accessible

Math is a world of its own when it comes to accessibility.

  • Current best practice is to author all math equations using code and editors like LaTeX or MathML.
    • LaTeX can be coded by hand
    • MathML typically is made by either an equation editor (like MathType) or through a conversion process from LaTeX (which MathType can do). 
  • Never paste images of math equations, these are not accessible.
    • Many of the math equations one finds in digital environments are simply static bitmaps (digital drawings) of equation images in GIF, PNG, or JPEG formats. These images can be seen with the human eye, but they are devoid of non-visual information that can be utilized by assistive technologies. Such image formats are, by themselves, inherently inaccessible.

Useful Sites on Math Accessibility