# MathType with screen readers-LaTex- JAWS or NVDA

To use MathType and LaTeX with screen readers like JAWS or NVDA, you can easily create and render math formulas directly in Word or Google Docs. Hereβs how to get started with MathType in both platforms and some important points for using LaTeX commands.

### MathType in Word:

2. Using Alt = for Equations:
• In Word, pressing Alt + = will activate the equation editor, allowing you to type math formulas using LaTeX-like syntax without needing the dollar signs ($). • For example, to render c2=a2+b2c^2 = a^2 + b^2c2=a2+b2, you would type c^2=a^2+b^2 after pressing Alt + =. • Similarly, you can use Alt + = to write other formulas such as AΟ2A\pi^2AΟ2 (A\pi^2) or y=x+1xβ1y = \frac{x+1}{x-1}y=xβ1x+1β (y=\frac{x+1}{x-1}). 3. Limits of Alt = in Word: Some complex LaTeX functions, like angles or fourth roots, may not work with Alt + = in Word. For example: • Cannot do: β xβ β y\angle x \cong \angle yβ xβ β y or 164=2\sqrt[4]{16} = 2416β=2. • These types of formulas will require MathType directly or a different approach. 4. Examples That Work with Alt =: You can successfully use Alt + = for the following examples: • y=xβ2y = \sqrt{x-2}y=xβ2β • A3A_3A3β for subscripts • (r2)(r^2)(r2) • Nested fractions like 122\frac{\frac{1}{2}}{2}221ββ ## Visual Rendering after you press enter in WORD for MathType with screen readers-LaTex ### MathType in Google Docs-though can give challenges based on technology: 1. Add MathType Add-on: In Google Docs, go to Add-ons and download MathType. This will allow you to use LaTeX commands by rendering them in the document. 2. Rendering LaTeX: After adding MathType, press Alt + N to access the add-on, then choose LaTeX. From there, start typing your equations and press enter to render them. Examples: • 2+33βy\frac{2+3}{3-y}3βy2+3β • c2=a2+b2c^2 = a^2 + b^2c2=a2+b2 • y=x+1xβ1y = \frac{x+1}{x-1}y=xβ1x+1β • y=xβ2y = \sqrt{x-2}y=xβ2β 3. Complex Equations: More complex LaTeX functions, such as 164=2\sqrt[4]{16} = 2416β=2 and LATEXISFUN\mathcal{LATEX IS FUN}LATEXISFUN, can also be rendered in Google Docs using MathType. By using Alt + = in Word and MathType in Google Docs (but be aware there may be issues in Docs), you can seamlessly render a variety of math formulas and equations with ease. Screen readers like JAWS and NVDA will effectively read these equations, enhancing accessibility for blind and visually impaired students. MathType(LaTex) Alt = in WORD will render formulas to Math see below Download MathType for Word and Docs ## Other MathType with screen readers-LaTex Math Formulas$c^2=a^2+b^2$1. use alt = in WORD without$ signs

$A\pi^2$

2. use alt = in WORD without $signs$y=\frac{x+1}{x-1}$3. cannot do with alt =$\angle x\cong\angle yy=\sqrt{x-2}$4. use alt = in WORD without$ signs

$y=\sqrt[3]{8}$

5. does not work with alt =

$\sqrt[4]{16}=2$

6. does not work with alt =

$A_3$

7. use alt = in WORD without $signs$(r^2)->$8.use alt = in WORD without$ signs

$\frac{\frac{1}{2}}{2}$

9. Does not work with alt =

$\mathcal{LATEX IS FUN }$

$\mathcal{LATEX}$

use alt = in WORD without \$ signs

FOR Google Docs: example- go to ADD-on and add Mathtype then render with Alt N to add-on and LaTex and enter on Start

$$\frac{2+3}{3-y}$$

$$c^2=a^2+b^2$$

$$y=\frac{x+1}{x-1}$$

$$y=\sqrt{x-2}$$

$$\sqrt[4]{16}=2$$

$$\frac{\frac{1}{2}}{2}$$

$$A_3$$

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