Turning Math Into HTML

Handouts Media

Presented at 10:30am in Plaza Court 2 on Friday, November 19, 2021.



  • Joseph Polizzotto, Accessibility Technologist, Wake Technical Community College

Session Details

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


Creating accessible STEM content is easier when HTML is your final format. Starting from an MS Word document with math equations, we will demonstrate how to output to HTML by using freely available tools. You'll learn how to create HTML content whose flavors of math can be adjusted to students' unique AT needs and preferences for "mathspeak".


Creating accessible STEM content can be a challenging process, especially when considering the unique needs of different learners.

HTML is a popular final format involving math workflows because of its ability to integrate MathML and because HTML can be easily accessed across multiple devices. Math can also appear in HTML as images with alternative text, which provides another way for students to hear math read out loud naturally.

In this presentation, we will demonstrate how to integrate HTML creation into your existing alternative media workflows by an automated process.

Using a DOCX-HTML script and other freely available tools, we will show how you can create fully accessible HTML files that can account for the unique needs of STEM students.

By learning our workflow, you will be able to create HTML files that have the following "flavors" of math:

- MathJax - MathML - Images with LaTeX alt text - Images with "mathspeak" alt text - SVG images with "mathspeak"


  1. HTML is a flexible format that makes it possible to create accessible STEM content for diverse students
  2. Using a script that converts DOCX to HTML provides a way to automate the HTML creation process
  3. The DOCX-HTML script makes it possible to customize the alt text of math for your students' unique needs

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Psychological, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Joseph Polizzotto

Joseph is the Alternate Media Supervisor at UC Berkeley. He previously was Assistive Technology Specialist Instructor at the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California Community Colleges, where he trained college faculty and staff on alternate media workflows and assistive technology.

Joseph received a B.A. degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from San José State University. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in ESL and basic skills. His research interests include accessible EPUB 3 and mobile reading systems.