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New DIAGRAM Webinar: Accessible Math for Ebooks Using MathML Cloud

2015 June 29
by Amaya Webster

Registration is now open for the next DIAGRAM webinar:

Title:               Accessible Math for Ebooks Using MathML Cloud
Date:               Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time:              11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern; 20:00 GMT)
Presenters:  Sanders Kleinfeld, Director of Publishing Technology, O’Reilly Media, Inc. and Sue-Ann Ma, Product Manager, Benetech


Description:   Making mathematical equations accessible in ebooks has traditionally been challenging for STEM publishers. Because many popular ereading platforms (such as Kindle and Nook) have limited support for semantic, XML-based formats for equation markup (MathML and SVG), publishers typically fall back on embedded bitmap images (JPG, PNG, or GIF). However, these formats are not innately accessible to screen-reading technologies, and limit the accessibility of mathematical content to users with print disabilities.

To address this problem, Benetech’s MathML Cloud (now in beta version 1.0) provides tools for optimizing the accessibility of math content for all ereaders. MathML Cloud generates MathML and SVG for platforms that support these formats, and also produces bitmap images with alternative text descriptions for screen readers, making it possible to generate mathematical content — using LaTeX, AsciiMath, or MathML – that is optimized for both display and accessibility.

This webinar will provide a walkthrough of MathML Cloud’s key features, and show how O’Reilly Media has integrated it into their ebook production workflows.

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