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MathML and LaTeX

A Path for Math

Has a need for math by computer ever come up?  Ever needed to type up mathematical formulas on a presentation or paper?  Do you want to collaborate with a great mathematician who’s half-way across the world?  This can all be made possible with MathML and LaTeX.

When creating electronic documents in any STEM related field, such as presentations or websites, these programs would allow anyone to create them with ease.  Any media would look far more professional using these tools rather than a simple snapshot of handwritten work or computer drawings of equations.  A standard format would be assured and there would always be the option to alter your work when human error would undoubtedly occur.  Online collaboration could be done with MathML and LaTeX, a very helpful option if your work entails access to great minds around the world, or even if you should just want to share mentoring or workload with colleagues who happen be on a business trip.

MathML is an application of XML that is supported by many browsers needing only a simple text editor, though this program has many tools available to help.  This program was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, an international community that works to develop Web standards.

LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting with features that let the user do advanced typesetting of mathematics with AMS-LaTeX and typesetting of complex mathematical formulas.  Both of these programs offer solutions to previous problems in the digital math world.

Math used to be shared electronically only through image.  No actual interaction could be made.  Therefore, making practical application and personal practice only feasible by hand.  In addition, screen readers or other assistive technology could not convey the mathematics of the math image.  An alternative text could hardly be descriptive enough to achieve this either.  MathML and LaTeX then lets you create and interact with mathematics on your computer, and thusly, create a gateway into the internet, as well.

MathML and LaTeX are tools that can make math by computer truly viable.  With these tools, people who have visual or physical disabilities benefit greatly because it gives them a real doorway into the STEM world.  Plus, these programs offer great convenience to just about anyone.

So if you wish to expand your purview and enhance your skillset, be sure to scope out these expert resources.

Resources

Tools:

  • MathML – The homepage for MathML where guides, tools, and information for MathML can be found. source: W3C.
  • LaTeX – The homepage for LaTeX where guides, tools, and information for LaTeX can be found. source: LaTeX Project.
  • jsMath – A system for embedding mathematics in web pages that uses TeX form. source: Harvey Mudd College.
  • IDEAL Group Reader – The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (RERC) provides information and a link about an accessible eBook reader supported by MathML.

 

How-To’s:

  • Math Accessibility – Webpage on math accessibility that gives tips, information, examples, and resources about MathML and MathJax. source: CSUN Universal Design Center.
  • Guideline G: Math – A document called Accessible Digital Media Guidelines that features a section to “provide access to scientific and mathematical expressions for all users with disabilities.” source: National Center for Accessible Media.
  • Mathematical Content – Guidance and examples on how to make Accessible MS Word Documents that features a Mathematical Content section about the MathType Equation Editor. source: Stanford University.
  • Creating Math on Websites – A featured section on making math content through jsMath on Harvey Mudd’s guide on how to make a webpage active through their account. source: Harvey Mudd College.

 

Related Articles:

  • Frequently Used Assistive Technology Tools – Provided by Stanford’s Office of Accessible Education: Student Affairs, this document provides a list of assistive technology tools by function and educational context. source: Stanford University.
  • Resources – NCAM’s resources for describing STEM images, DTB Standards, and National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAS) links. source: NCAM.

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