# Center for Teaching, Learning and Design

## 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.

*Go*to www.texthelp.com- Under the
**Products**drop-down section,*Select***Equatio** *Click***Choose Your Platform**- This is also where you start the download process for your desktop.
*Select***Chrome**, then*click*the**install**button.- The link will take you to the Google Play Store.
- 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.
*Go*to**Google Documents**- If installing on your desktop,
*Open*Equatio and*skip*to**Step 8.** *Open*a new document, and*click*the Equatio Icon- A toolbar will appear on the bottom of the Chrome window.
*Go*to www.texthelp.com/freeforteachers/ and*click*the**sign-up button**.*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:**

*Select*your course*Enter*the appropriate Module Page, and*click***Edit**.- Once the page loads,
*click*the**Apps**icon which will open the**Select App**menu. *Scroll*down and*Click***Insert EquatIO Equatio.***Write*your equation in the**Insert EquatIO Equation.**- When the equation is complete
*Click***Insert****Math**to add the equation to the Page.

**Using EquatIO with Assignments**:

*Create or Open*an Assignment and*navigate*to the Rich Content Editor.*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)*Click*the**Check Button**in the bottom right hand corner to insert*Open*EquatIO again and use the equation editor, or any other input of*Repeat*these steps in order to finish creating your assignment.- When finished,
*set*your preferences and*click***Save**.

**Using EquatIO with Quizzes:**

*Create or Open*an**Assignment****.***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**. *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)*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.

*Download***EquatIO.***Go*to**Google Documents**, at google.com/, and open a new document. You can also open a pre-existing document.*Click***Equatio**icon; upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window.- This will open the Equatio task bar on the bottom of the window.

- 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’ *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.

- If you want to include any specific letters, operators, or formula
- 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.
- 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.

*Download***EquatIO**; Reference our guide for details.- On your desktop,
*open***EquatIO**.- A toolbar should appear at the bottom of your primary monitor.

- 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’

*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**

- They are labeled
- 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

- If you want to include any specific letters, operators, or formula
- 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.

- 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.

- To convert a
**LaTeX**file, first*open*the document in a**TeX editing platform**. *Open*a new document in Microsoft Word or another compatible word processor.*Open***EquatIO**from the desktop.- This will open the
**EquatIO Task Bar**on the bottom of the window.

- This will open the
- On the
**EquatIO Task Bar**,*click*the**LaTeX editor**- This will open a window with two sections: ‘LaTeX’ and ‘Math’

*Highlight*the**LaTeX equation**between the**‘$’ Operators**and*copy*the text.*Paste*the text on the**LaTeX**section of the**LaTeX editor**.- In the ‘Math’ section the equation will appear, rendered as numerical operators.

*Click*the**insert math**button to insert the Equation into the document.

- To convert a LaTeX file, first
*open*the document in a TeX editing platform. - Go to Google Documents, at docs.google.com, and open a new document.
*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.

- This will open the
- On the
**EquatIO Task Bar**,*click*the icon labeled**LaTeX Editor**.- This will open a window with two sections: ‘LaTeX’ and ‘Math’

*Highlight*the**LaTeX**Equation between the**‘$’ Operators**and*copy*the text.*Paste*the text on the**LaTeX section**of the**LaTeX editor**.- In the ‘Math’ section the Equation will appear, rendered as numerical operators.

*Click*the**insert math**button to insert the Equation into the document.

##### **Creating Accessible Tables**

- Select the ‘Insert’ tab on the top program options bar, and select the ‘Table’ option.
- 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.

- 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.

- You have created an accessible table; now fill the table with information.

**Creating Accessible Charts**

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- To edit the data again, right-click the table, open the Edit Data menu, and select Edit Data.
- Enter the charts title and provide units, if needed, to the Y-axis of the chart.
- Provide the chart graphic alternative text.
- Select an appropriate color scheme for the chart.
- Reference the Color Contrast Guidelines for help.

## Accessible Math Guides

The content provided below are distributable guides and materials that covers the above guides as well as additional Mathematics Accessibility Content.

### Tables & Charts

### Mathematics

#### Equatio

##### Location

##### Usage

- Using Equatio - Google Chrome
- Using Equatio - Desktop
- Converting Equations from LaTex to Equatio – Google Chrome
- Converting Equations from LaTex to Equatio – Desktop

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