Rick Clinton

Accessibility Advocate and Leader

Contact rick.clinton@pearson.com

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.

6 thoughts on “Accessible Mathematics: HTML eBooks

    • HTML eBooks are available directly from the MyMathLab site (http://mymathlab.com). When you login to your course, click Course Tools, then HTML eBook.
      (If you do not have a MyMathLab account, let us know and we can arrange access for you.)

  1. Rick,

    I want to commend you and your team for your leadership in promoting accessible mathematics in Pearson Higher Education HTML eBooks. I am especially impressed by Pearson’s commitment that, “…beginning in 2014, every Pearson college math and stats text will have an HTML eBook version.” That will be a significant accomplishment. You folks are setting an example which I hope other publishers will follow.

    With news this good, I just had to write about it on the Design Science “Making Math Accessible” blog:

    –Steve Noble

    • Steve–

      Thank you for your kind words of support, both on the Instructor Exchange and the Design Science blog. –Rick

  2. As e-book formats emerged and proliferated, some garnered support from major software companies such as Adobe with its PDF format, and others supported by independent and open-source programmers. Different readers followed different formats, most of them specializing in only one format, and thereby fragmenting the e-book market even more. *-

    Catch ya later

  3. I’m really glad to see this. One issue that I and others have been working on is improving the discoverability of accessible learning resources. LRMI has succeeded in getting the major search engines, such as Google, to accept their metadata into Schema.org. We have now proposed to Schema.org to support accessibility metadata: http://a11ymetadata.org . With LRMI this will enable educators and students to more easily discover Pearson’s accessible textbooks using tools, such as Google and specialized search engines, such as Gooru Learning. The latter was involved in our Working Group. We welcome and encourage Pearson’s involvement, which will make their hard work pay off even more.

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