MathJax 1.0 was just released
and this is great news for accessibility. MathJax is a JavaScript-based
display engine for both MathML and LaTeX. It extends MathML support to
browsers that don't otherwise support MathML so that even mobile devices
like smart phones and tablets such as iPhone/iPad and Android devices
can display MathML. There is no longer any reason to use images for
math, so hopefully that
practice will finally come to an end, and MathML will start showing up
on more and more websites. MathJax is an open source joint project
between Design Science, AMS
(American Mathematical Society), and SIAM (Society of Industrial and
Applied Mathematics), with additional support from Elsevier and a
growing list of other organizations.

A great feature of MathJax is that it can turn the display of math over to a native MathML renderer such as

MathPlayer. This results in much faster display of the math. More importantly for accessibility, it allows all of the

assistive technologies that work with MathPlayer
to work on MathJax pages. This is true not only for pages that have
MathML in them, but also for pages that have TeX in them. If the page is
not configured to automatically work with MathPlayer, you need to tell
MathJax to use MathPlayer. See the MathJax documentation for details on

how to make MathJax use MathPlayer. That page and the

sample pages at mathjax.org have examples you can try.

Since MathJax was just released, the number of sites using MathJax
is still small. However, with sponsors and supporters such as AMS and
Elsevier, you know that some big sites will soon begin using MathJax.
People have already developed modules to work with course management
systems such as Moodle and blogs such as WordPress.

The release of MathJax is great news for accessibility on the web,
but were not stopping there. We're busily at work on some more exciting
developments related to MathJax, MathPlayer, and accessible math. If you
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out about what's next for accessible math.

Note: there is bug with MathJax and MathPlayer's zoom. We'll be releasing a fix for this soon.