Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

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The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial "Electronic and Information Technology" products and services with features that support accessibility. It is assumed and recommended that offerers will provide additional contact information to facilitate more detailed inquiries.

The first table of the Template provides a summary view of the section 508 Standards. The subsequent tables provide more detailed views of each subsection. There are three columns in each table. Column one of the Summary Table describes the subsections of subparts B and C of the Standards. The second column describes the supporting features of the product or refers you to the corresponding detailed table, "e.g., equivalent facilitation." The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product. In the subsequent tables, the first column contains the lettered paragraphs of the subsections. The second column describes the supporting features of the product with regard to that paragraph. The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product.


Date: September 11, 2010
Name of Product: MathType
Contact for more Information: Design Science Accessibility team at-info@dessci.com

Summary Table

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems

Supported.  Please refer to the attached VPAT.

 

Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet Information and Applications

Supported.  Please refer to the attached VPAT.

MathType is  primarily not a web-based application. However, its MathPage features can be used to help create accessible mathematical web pages. See Solutions for the Accessibility Community for more information about making math accessible.

Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products

 

MathType is not considered a telecommunications product.

Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products

 

MathType is not a video or multimedia product.

Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products

 

MathType is not a self-contained, closed product.

Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers

 

MathType is not a desktop or portable computer.

Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria

Supported.  Please refer to the attached VPAT.

 

Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support

Supported.  Please refer to the attached VPAT.

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Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually.

Fully supported.

All MathType commands, features, symbols, and templates are fully accessible via fully customizable keyboard short-cuts.

(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer.

Fully supported.

To the best of our knowledge, MathType doesn't disable accessibility features of other products.

(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes.

Partially supported.

MathType's current focus indicator ("Insertion Point") can be customized and made extra-large for accessibility. The focus is not programmatically exposed, however.

(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.

Partially supported.

MathType displays text help information in its status bar about program icons in its status bar upon mouse-over or keyboard focus. However, these text descriptions may not be available to Assistive Technology.

(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance.

Fully supported.

MathType was designed with accessibility in mind. To the best of our knowledge, MathType satisfies these guidelines.

(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.

Fully supported.

MathType was designed with accessibility in mind. To the best of our knowledge, MathType satisfies these guidelines.

(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes.

Fully supported.

MathType provides additional dialogs to provide greater user control over color contrast settings.

(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.

Fully supported.

To the best of our knowledge, MathType does not use animation to present user information.

(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.

Fully supported.

MathType was designed with accessibility in mind. To the best of our knowledge, MathType satisfies these guidelines.

(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided.

Fully supported.

MathType permits the user to select from a large variety of color and contrast settings.

(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Fully supported.

MathType uses the system defined blink rate.

(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType was is not generally considered a tool for submission of forms.

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Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).

Partially Supported.

MathType is not primarily considered to be a tool for creation of web pages. However, MathType's MathPage feature can be configured to create web pages containing mathematical equations in the accessible  MathML format, rather than use inaccessible images for equations.  MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for text equivalents for non-text elements in the underlying Word document. See Solutions for the Accessibility Community for more information about making math accessible.

(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for generating multimedia presentations.

(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

Fully supported.

Any color changes used by MathType are due to specific user decisions to modify the color. In general, color does not convey mathematical information in equations.

(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.

Fully supported.

MathType is not primarily considered to be a tool for creation of web pages. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for generating web pages containing server-side image maps. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for creating web pages with client-side image maps. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for creating web pages with data tables. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for creating web pages with data tables. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for creating web pages with frames. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Fully supported.

MathType uses the system defined blink rate.

(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

 

(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered to be a tool for creation of web pages containing scripts.

(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with 1194.21(a) through (l).

Supported with minor exceptions.

MathType is not primarily considered to be a tool for creation of web pages. However, MathType can be configured to use the accessible XHTML+MathML format to create pages containing accessible mathematical content. These pages do not require an applet or plug-in to view in MathML-compliant browsers such as Mozilla Firefox. See Solutions for the Accessibility Community for more information about making math accessible.

(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for the creation of web-based forms. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

MathType is not generally considered a system for creation of web pages with links. MathType's MathPage feature inherits Microsoft Word's support for creation of accessible Web pages.

(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

Not applicable.

The described functionality is not applicable to MathType.

To the best of our knowledge, MathType does not require timed responses.

     

Note to 1194.22: The Board interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) of this section as consistent with the following priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) (May 5 1999) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium: Paragraph (a) - 1.1, (b) - 1.4, (c) - 2.1, (d) - 6.1, (e) - 1.2, (f) - 9.1, (g) - 5.1, (h) - 5.2, (i) - 12.1, (j) - 7.1, (k) - 11.4.

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Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria - Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided.

Limited support

Equation entry by blind users is not fully supported. However, blind users who know TeX can input equations within Word documents using the keyboard.  Furthermore, Word documents containing equations can be converted to accessible web pages by MathType. The math in the web page is made accessible by Design Science's (free) MathPlayer.

Math in Word documents can be converted to braille and embossed using third party printer drivers.

Prior to procurement, prospective users can test MathType for free for 30 days by downloading it off our website.

(b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided.

Partially supported.

Tools bars and focus points can be made extra large to assist someone with low-vision, or provide an extra-large target for someone using a special input device, such as an eye-ball tracker.

Entered equations can be spoken by exporting them as HTML (MathML) through MathType's MathPage feature, and then speaking them inside Internet Explorer using our free MathPlayer product for Windows, which works with all major screen readers.

Prior to procurement, prospective users can test MathType for free for 30 days by downloading it off our website.

(c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided

Fully supported.

MathType does not require hearing.

(d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided.

Fully supported.

MathType uses few or no audible cues and does not require hearing.

(e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided.

Fully supported.

MathType does not require user speech.

(f) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided.

Fully supported.

All MathType commands, features, symbols, and templates are fully accessible via fully customizable keyboard short-cuts. Keyboard entry provides support for simulated keyboards via Assistive Technology.

Tools bars can be made extra large to assist someone with low-vision, or provide an extra-large target for someone using a special input device, such as an eye-gaze tracker.

Prior to procurement, prospective users can test MathType for free for 30 days by downloading it off our website.

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Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support - Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge

Fully supported.

We will do our best to accommodate such requests. Product support and documentation is available through our website, email,  and/or telephone. Our website has been modified to largely meet WCAG priority 1 accessibility guidelines.

(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.

Fully supported.

Descriptions of the accessibility and compatibility features of the product are available as Technical Support Notes from our website, and may be obtained through email or postal mail upon request. Our website has been modified to largely meet WCAG priority 1 accessibility guidelines.

(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.

Fully supported.

Product support is available via email, telephone, or through our website. Our website has been modified to largely meet WCAG priority 1 accessibility guidelines.

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