Accessible Mathematics: HTML eBooks
The textbook is traditionally the core of many courses. To support students using assistive technology to access course materials, Pearson now publishes screen-readable “HTML eBook” versions of its mathematics and statistics textbooks. Formatted in HTML and MathML and compatible with JAWS and other Windows screen readers, HTML eBooks are national texts that offer
• complete core content, including text and images, in single column presentation.
• alternative text descriptions for all important figures and photos.
• enhanced navigation support, including interactive table of contents, go-to-page functionality, and keyboard access.
HTML eBooks are provided on the MML/MSL sites so students using assistive technology have immediate access to required materials. To use the HTML eBook, students need only a Windows screen reader and the free Design Science MathPlayer found at http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/.
Presently about 70 HTML eBooks are provided directly on the MML/MSL sites. Significantly, beginning in 2014, every Pearson college math and stats text will have an HTML eBook version. Available HTML eBooks are listed at http://www.mymathlab.com/titles-available.
For texts not yet in the HTML eBook format, we continue to provide PDFs of your textbook or eText, Student Solutions Manuals, Graphing Calculator Manuals, and other ancillaries, which can be used with such accessibility technologies as screen readers and Braille displays. You can also convert the PDF files into another format, such as a printed Braille book. Requests for alternative texts can be made online at
Rick Clinton is Publisher with Higher Education’s English, Mathematics, and Student Success (EMSS) team. As Accessibility Advocate and Leader (AAL) for the group, he develops and coordinates accessibility strategy and programs with editorial, technology, and legal teams, as well as with instructors, disabilities services staff, accessibility advocates, and assistive device developers, to ensure that our products are as accessible as possible to all students. Prior to joining Pearson, Rick was President and co-founder of Intellipro, Inc., the creator of the MathXL/MyMathLab platform.