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Accessibility & Mathematics

These guides and videos will give you the knowledge to create accessible tables, charts, and mathematics.For any specific questions around accessibility in mathematics and the sciences please reach out to the Instuctional Accessibility Group.  


This guide explains how to add EquatIO on to Google Chrome as an extension.

    1. Go to www.texthelp.com
    2. Under the Products drop-down section, Select Equatio
    3. Click Choose Your Platform
      • This is also where you start the download process for your desktop.
    4. Select Chrome, then click the install button.
      • The link will take you to the Google Play Store.
    5. In the Google Store page, click Add to Chrome
      • Follow the prompt to initiate the download.
      • Once downloaded, an Equatio icon will be added to your chrome tool bar.
    6. Go to Google Documents
      • If installing on your desktop, Open Equatio and skip to Step 8.
    7. Open a new document, and click the Equatio Icon
      • A toolbar will appear on the bottom of the Chrome window.
    8. Go to www.texthelp.com/freeforteachers/ and click the sign-up button.
    9. Confirm the EquatIO box at the top of the form is checked, then complete the form.
      • For School Admin Name list ‘Gabe Christie’
      • For School Admin Email list ‘gchris11@msudenver.edu’

 



This guide explains how to use EquatIO in Canvas through the Canvas EquatIO LTI. 

Locating EquatIO in Canvas:
  1. Select your course
  2. Enter the appropriate Module Page, and click Edit.
  3. Once the page loads, click the Apps icon which will open the Select App menu. 
  4. Scroll down and Click Insert EquatIO Equatio.
  5. Write your equation in the Insert EquatIO Equation.
  6. When the equation is complete Click Insert Math to add the equation to the Page.
Using EquatIO with Assignments:
  1. Create or Open an Assignment and navigate to the Rich Content Editor.
  2. Click the Insert EquatIO Equation button in the RCE Tool-Bar.
    • The LTI Tool will open, and you can begin creating items for the assignment with the Equation Editor.
    • Use the Text Tool to write any text information needed within the math item (e.g. a word problem)
  3. Click the Check Button in the bottom right hand corner to insert
  4. Open EquatIO again and use the equation editor, or any other input of
  5. Repeat these steps in order to finish creating your assignment.
  6. When finished, set your preferences and click Save.
Using EquatIO with Quizzes:
    1. Create or Open an Assignment.
    2. Click the New Question Choose your question type from the drop-down menu.
      • If you have text directions for completing the question enter them in the Rich Content Editor.
    3. Click the Insert EquatIO Equation button and insert the math for this first assessment question.
      • The LTI Tool will open, and you can begin creating items for the assignment with the Equation Editor.
      • Use the Text Tool to write any text information needed within the math item (e.g. a word problem)
    4. Repeat the same process until you have entered all the questions for your quiz.

 

This guide will explain how to use EquatIO through the Google Suite programs like Google Documents and Google Sheets.

    1. Download EquatIO.
    2. Go to Google Documents, at google.com/, and open a new document. You can also open a pre-existing document.
    3. Click Equatio icon; upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window.
      1. This will open the Equatio task bar on the bottom of the window.
    4. On the task bar, click the icon on the left labeled Equation Editor; this will open a text window above the task bar labeled ‘Math’
    5. Type your equation into the ‘Math’ box.
      1. If you want to include any specific letters, operators, or formula click any of the icons on the bottom right of the ‘Math’ box.
      2. They are labeled Math Operators, Symbols, Functions, and Greek Letters.
      3. The equation can be typed in plain text and will be converted to the appropriate operators; e.g: ‘two’ will become ‘2’ while ‘fraction’ will produce a fillable fraction box.
    6. Once you have completed your equation click the insert math button in the Equatio Tool Bar.
    7. The accessible version equation will appear in the document and will have alt-text as well.
    8. The completed equation can be copied and pasted into a MS Word document or the Canvas RCE and it will retain all of its formatting.

 

This guide explains how to use EquatIO on your Desktop.

  1. Download EquatIO; Reference our guide for details.
  2. On your desktop, open EquatIO.
    • A toolbar should appear at the bottom of your primary monitor.
  3. On the EquatIO Task Bar, click the icon on the left labeled Equation Editor;
    • this will open a text window above the task bar labeled ‘Math’
  4. Type your equation into the ‘Math’ box.
    • If you want to include any specific letters, operators, or formula click any of the icons on the bottom right of the ‘Math’ box.
      • They are labeled Math Operators, Symbols, Functions, and Greek Letters
    • The equation can be typed in plain text and will be converted to the appropriate operators; e.g: ‘two’ will become ‘2’ while ‘fraction’ will produce a fillable fraction box
  5. Once you have completed your equation click the insert math button in the EquatIO Tool Bar.
    • The accessible version equation will appear in the document and will have alt-text as well.
  6. The completed equation can be copied and pasted into Google Doc or the Canvas RCE and it will retain all of its formatting.

 

This guide explains how to make LaTex Equations into accessible EquatIO Equations using the Desktop EquatIO application.

  1. To convert a LaTeX file, first open the document in a TeX editing platform.
  2. Open a new document in Microsoft Word or another compatible word processor.
  3. Open EquatIO from the desktop.
    • This will open the EquatIO Task Bar on the bottom of the window.
  4. On the EquatIO Task Bar, click the LaTeX editor
    • This will open a window with two sections: ‘LaTeX’ and ‘Math’
  5. Highlight the LaTeX equation between the ‘$’ Operators and copy the text.
  6. Paste the text on the LaTeX section of the LaTeX editor.
    • In the ‘Math’ section the equation will appear, rendered as numerical operators.
  7. Click the insert math button to insert the Equation into the document.

    1. To convert a LaTeX file, first open the document in a TeX editing platform.
    2. Go to Google Documents, at docs.google.com, and open a new document.
    3. Click the EquatIO icon in the top right of the Chrome window
      • This will open the EquatIO Task Bar on the bottom of the window.
    4. On the EquatIO Task Bar, click the icon labeled LaTeX Editor.
      • This will open a window with two sections: ‘LaTeX’ and ‘Math’
    5. Highlight the LaTeX Equation between the ‘$’ Operators and copy the text.
    6. Paste the text on the LaTeX section of the LaTeX editor.
      • In the ‘Math’ section the Equation will appear, rendered as numerical operators.
    7. Click the insert math button to insert the Equation into the document.

 

 Creating Accessible Tables
  1. Select the ‘Insert’ tab on the top program options bar, and select the ‘Table’ option.
  2. Scroll down the Table menu and select the ‘Insert Table’ option; this will open the ‘Insert Table’ menu box.
    • Use the menu box to create your new table.
  3. In the newly created table, use the top most row as headers and use the leftmost row as row labels.
    • Be sure to make enough cells so you do not have to try to merge cells.
  4. You have created an accessible table; now fill the table with information. 
Creating Accessible Charts
  1. Select the ‘Insert’ tab on the top program options bar, and select the ‘Chart’ Option.
    • The ‘Chart’ option may be listed under illustrations if the menu has been shrunk from full screen.
  2. Select the chart style you want to use, and click OK. The chart will load, and a Microsoft Excel window will open above or below the chart.
    • Avoid Area and Surface style charts, as they are difficult to visually digest and do not provide their information in an easy to read format.
  3. In the Excel window, enter the chart data. Once the data has been entered, close the window.
    • To edit the data again, right-click the table, open the Edit Data menu, and select Edit Data.
      • i) If you select Edit Data in Excel, the data of the chart can be saved and provided to anyone who requests it.
    • Be sure to label the Series and Categories that will ensure your data is represented accurately.
  4. Enter the charts title and provide units, if needed, to the Y-axis of the chart. 
  5. Provide the chart graphic alternative text.
  6. Select an appropriate color scheme for the chart.
    • Reference the Color Contrast Guidelines for help.
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