Reading aloud MathJax using textHelp ReadAndWrite for Chrome/Student

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This process will let you hear read aloud Scientific and mathematical documents. You can either:

  • Listen to the whole document
  • Listen to a part of the document

The software will colour highlight the text that is being read aloud. This will help you to follow along.


Further information

The information on this page extends that on Reading aloud MathJax using textHelp ReadAndWrite for Chrome but is relevant specifically for those in role Student.

Obtaining documents in the right format

You may need to ask your lecturer to produce documents in the MathJax format for you to use this process.

If you have a Word document and the software MathType you can create the format yourself.

Ask staff if they can provide you with the right format. You could send them the following links:


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If you have a Word (Structured) document and a copy of MathType you could follow the steps in

to create the format yourself.


Hearing the document read aloud

This process will only work if you have an internet connection.
If you have not already done so follow the installation process for Texthelp ReadAndWrite for Chrome or ask your Assistive Technologist to help you do so.


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Open the document using the Chrome Internet browser.


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Click on the Texthelp ReadAndWrite for Chrome icon in the top left of Chrome. The Texthelp ReadAndWrite for Chrome bar appears.


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You may wish to change your voice settings. To do this, click on the cog icon in the Texthelp ReadAndWrite for Chrome bar.


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To hear the whole document press the play button. You can find out what a button does by hovering your mouse pointer over it.


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To hear just part of the document press the Hover Speech button. You can find out what a button does by hovering your mouse pointer over it.

With the Hover Speech setting selected, hover your mouse pointer over the part of the document you wish to hear read aloud.


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To stop speech output press the stop button. You can find out what a button does by hovering your mouse pointer over it.


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To turn off the Hover Speech setting click the Hover Speech button again.


Test document

If you would like to try this process out but do not have any documents in the right format you can use the test documents:

Example of this working

If you would like to see how this works before trying it then the below video shows the process working for MathJax Example 1: