Viewing web pages containing MathML requires a browser that can display MathML. Currently Firefox and Amaya have the best capability for displaying MathML directly. Ability to display MathML is rapidly progressing in Safari and Chrome browsers. If you use Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the only solution for MathML display is Design Science's MathPlayer.

MathPlayer is a high-performance MathML display engine for Internet Explorer. It requires Internet Explorer for Windows version 6.0 and later. Design Science makes MathPlayer available for free in order to accelerate the adoption of MathML in the math, science, and education communities.

Visually impaired users of Internet Explorer use screen reader software packages that speak the words on the page. Many of the most popular Windows screen readers, such as HAL, JAWS, Read & Write, and Window-Eyes will work with MathPlayer to speak the math in the page along with the words.

Here's a sample of a web page as displayed in Internet Explorer with MathPlayer. MathPlayer's special features are accessed by placing the mouse pointer over an equation and clicking the right mouse button, as shown in the picture. Choose the MathZoom command (or left-click on the equation) to get a closer look at the equation. This can be handy to view small scripts and accents. The Speak Expression command is for demonstration purposes. Screen readers that work with MathPlayer will do so without any additional input.

Screendump: opening the context menu of an equation in a Web page gives access to a menu of commands.

Last update: 31 October 2013
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