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When it comes to mathematics, many accessibility issues arise simply due to the nature of the subject itself; math combines characters and symbols from other languages in formats that aren’t seen in other subjects. As a result, great care needs to be taken when adding math equations to a document. The steps on this page demonstrate how to insert equations into Microsoft Word documents that can be read by screen readers using the Microsoft Office Equation Editor.
Microsoft has several standard equations that you can insert and edit to fit your needs.
If Microsoft does not have the equation you need, you can create your own.
When you are finished adding your equations, you can check your equations’ accessibility.
Sometimes the screen readers simply cannot interpret the equations correctly, For example, binomial coefficients are frequently misread.
For situations like these, you will need to either provide students with how their screen reader reads the equation and how they should interpret it, or you must provide an alternative format such as HTML.
Another way to distribute documents with math is to put the Word document through the Central Access Reader (CAR) program to create an HTML output. CAR can read math in different ways depending on your discipline; open “Speech Settings” and select the discipline from the drop-down menu.