VitalSource Content Studio: Math Editor


VitalSource Content Studio: Math Editor

This walkthrough will show you how to create accessible math notations in VitalSource Content Studio.


VCS: Math Editor

A new button is available in the VCS editing tool that opens a widely used and well-respected math editor developed by a third party: WIRIS.

The math editor button is available in all blocks except for fill-in the-blank question blocks.


How to create a math notation

Click  to open a separate window with a full array of templates, symbols, and options for authoring math content. In this math editor window, content authors enter their math notation, then click OK.

Click OK to close the math editor and insert the math into the block at the cursor location.


How to revise math notations

Click anywhere on the math "statement" to select it, then click on the math editor button to open and edit that portion of the math. Any math created in the math editor can be selected and edited.


How to close the math editor

Click Done to close the VCS editor and render the math as it will be seen in Bookshelf.


Screen reader display

As authors create math content with the editor, VCS is saving alt text that will be available to screen readers in Bookshelf. The WIRIS editor is capable of saving the math as MathML, or as images + alt text, depending on implementation. VCS is saving the math as MathML, but using the alt text that WIRIS automatically generates for images paired with the MathML for accessibility.

Example A

Example A shows the math as seen by a sighted user.

Example B

Example B reveals the hidden alt text (in yellow) that is being saved for screen reader users. The alt text is shown here for demonstration purposes and is not visible in VCS or Bookshelf.













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