Creating Accessible Math Resources

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Advice on the Best Practices for Creating Accessible Math Resources


We recommend that as much of the class content as possible be provided on and conducted with Canvas. All output from the Canvas Math Editor is stored as LaTeX which is screen reader-accessible.


We recommend that as much of the class content as possible be provided in and conducted with the WP LaTeX plugin in WordPress.

Word documents:

MathType is an equation editor created by Design Science that is compatible with MS Word for Windows and Mac. Together, MS Word with MathType can be exported as LaTeX or it can be converted to braille. (Save your original files.) DO NOT use Microsoft’s equation editor.


Math IS NOT accessible in PDF. Save the original file with the original MathType or LaTeX equations, formulas and notations. Access Services may ask for your original files when there is an accommodation need.


For MS PowerPoint 2013, use the MathType 6.9 plugin or later to create math and science equations, formulas and notations. DO NOT use Microsoft's equation editor. If you convert to a PDF or export to a webpage, save your original MS PowerPoint files which Access Services may ask for.


To make graphs accessible, do your best to describe them using alternative text, long descriptions, or captions. Check with your textbook distributor for any available tactile graphics or contact Access Services for information on resources for creating tactile graphics.


LaTeX is a mark-up language. Converting LaTeX documents into an accessible format is usually straightforward. Keep LaTeX original files if you convert to other formats. The Math Editor in Canvas is based on LaTeX.


WeBWorK is an accessible and free online homework platform for math and sciences courses.