LaTeX and MathML – What Content Creators Need to Know

Bios & Handouts Videos

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Meadowbrook I/II on Thursday, November 17 (2016).



  • Krista Greear, Access Text and Technology Manager, Univeristy of Washington

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


New to converting math content? Not sure what all the terms mean, let alone how to explain it to someone else? Krista will present what she's learned in the last 3 years about what you need to know, what you do and what you need to explain to content creators, particularly faculty.


Converting STEM content (most notably math) is complex. MathML, MathJax, MathType, LaTeX, where does it all begin (and more importantly END)? As Krista works on a grass roots movement to help her campus make math content more accessible, she is learning what questions to ask of content creators and what information to share. Her primary goal is to give the least amount of information to faculty that will yield the best accessible practices. A big part of this is understanding some of the basic elements of converting math, it's challenges and it's opportunities.


  1. Understand the basics about converting math into an accessible format, particularly in documents.
  2. Identify information needs to be communicated to content creators, namely faculty.
  3. Share strategies about how to introduce content creators to best practices for accessible STEM.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, eBooks, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design

Speaker Bio(s)

Krista Greear

Krista’s love for helping students, technology and data is a great fit for her position as the Access Text and Technology Manager, where she provides accessible textbooks, course packs, articles and other instructional materials. She has served in higher education disability services, providing students with alternate text for 8 years — 4 as a part-time employee at Central Washington University and 4 years full-time at the University of Washington. She is involved with the UW’s Web Council, Approaches on Accessibility interest group, Online Advising group and Husky Toastmasters. In her graduate work in Educational Technology, Krista aims to learn more about the tools, content and strategies faculty use to teach online and hybrid courses in order to train faculty how to create accessible-born courses, degrees and programs.