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Written Documentation and Videos

MathPlayer User Manual

This manual is on the Design Science website, and covers installation and use.

Navigation Guide

Chart of Navigation Quick Reference Keys

Alternative formats of the Navigation Guide:

Navigation Tutorial for NVDA

This tutorial (309 KB DOCX file) is aimed at users of the NVDA screen reader in Microsoft Word. The math navigation features can also be used with NVDA in browsers, and without NVDA using the speech toolbar that is installed with MathPlayer.

Expression supplement for Navigation Tutorial:

NVDA Guides

A guide to using all of the features in NVDA, including math navigation, can be found on the NV Access site. There is also an audio guide in mp3 format.

Authoring Guide

Authoring Tutorial

Step-by-step instruction on authoring math with MathType inside Microsoft Word and setting it to speak as desired. Download (4.3 MB DOCX file)

Authoring Tutorial Workbook

The workbook (235 KB DOCX file) contains examples for use with the tutorial.

Preference Builder

This optional tool (13.5 MB ZIP file) is for advanced users who wish to use an interactive tool to build their own .eqp files containing combinations of frequently-used preferences. To install, first unzip the archive, and then run Setup.Exe. It may be necessary to use Run-as-Administrator. If Setup indicates that any of its files are older than matching files already on your system, you should retain your existing (newer) files. .Eqp files can, alternatively, be created manually with any text editor, as described in the Authoring Tutorial.

ClearSpeak Reference

ClearSpeak Rules and Preferences

A complete guide to the speech rules and preferences built into ClearSpeak. (1.3 MB DOCX file)

ClearSpeak Examples

This set of examples for testing ClearSpeak capabilities consists of 16 DOCX files, contained in a single 4.2 MB ZIP file.

Video Series: How to Author Spoken Math using MathType

We recommend viewing the videos in the order shown. They refer to some of the written materials that that are currently being finalized and will be linked to this page here once ready. You will also need to download the archive containing speech rules and preferences "EQP" files then extract the files to your computer. You can choose any location on your computer that you find convenient. One possibility is to create a folder called "speech" under the MathType Preferences folder (where print preferences are stored). The following shows standard locations for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows:

32-bit systems: C:\Program Files\MathType\Preferences\Speech
64-bit systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\MathType\Preferences\Speech

If you do not have administrative rights to your computer, you may not be able to save files to the locations given above. Instead, we suggest saving them to the location referenced in the Authoring Tutorial, which is:


To follow along with the video to author and play back math you will need:

1. Introduction to Authoring in ClearSpeak (0:5:36)

Basic introduction to authoring math expressions in ClearSpeak using MathType and playing them using MathPlayer. This video describes required and optional software, related documents that will soon be added to this site, and shows how to play back math speech using MathPlayer in Word.

2. Using MathType to Enter Math Expressions (0:4:17)

Video tutorial for getting started in MathType. Experienced MathType users can skip this video.

3. Getting an Expression to Speak the Way you Want it To - Part 1 (0:9:49)

How to use the built-in speech rules and preferences

4. Getting an Expression to Speak the Way you Want it To - Part 2 (0:7:09)

How to set multiple speech preferences for a single math expression

5. Getting an Expression to Speak the Way you Want it To - Part 3 (0:6:28)

How to enter and remove information specifying the exact speech (including pauses if desired) to use for a math expression. Exact speech is to be used only when the rules and preferences do not result in the speech desired.

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