Wikipedia is a leading source of information for students and professionals, but the math in Wikipedia has been off limits to those who rely on screen readers. With MathJax and MathPlayer, that's no longer true: you can hear the math and see it highlighted as it is spoken. MathPlayer's ability to generate speech in 15 languages means that accessible math isn't confined to just the English pages. If you use Wikipedia in one of the other 14 language supported by MathPlayer, those pages are accessible too! Here are counts of the number of pages containing accessible math for some of the languages supported by MathPlayer:
- English: over 28,000 pages
- German: over 8,000 pages
- French: over 6,500 pages
- Spanish: over 5,000 pages
- Italian: over 5,000 pages
- Chinese: over 3,500 pages
- Japanese: over 3,000 pages
To make the math accessible, you need to do three things:
- Create a Wikipedia account
- Set Wikipedia to use MathJax
- Tell MathJax to use MathPlayer
These steps are described in our TechNote #145: Making math in Wikipedia pages accessible via MathPlayer. The setup itself is not very accessible for those who are blind, but it only needs to be done once, and then the math is accessible.
You need MathPlayer, so if you haven't already done so, download MathPlayer. Once you have MathPlayer, do the setup and unlock the math in the world's largest encyclopedia for you or someone you know.