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Math Editor

Wherever you can add and format text in your course, you can launch the math editor to create mathematical formulas.

The math editor is written by WIRIS and based on standards like MathML for internal representation and the PNG image format for displaying formulas. The math editor is based on Javascript and runs on any browser and operating system, including smartphones and tablets.

In the course's editor, select the Launch Math Editor icon to open the WIRIS editor window. Based on which course view you see, your editor may have one or three rows of functions.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option.

Math editor window

You have access to a rich set of features:

  • Basic operations
  • Matrix calculus
  • Calculus and series
  • Logic and set theory
  • Units
  • Greek alphabet

To learn more, select the Manual link in the math editor to access the WIRIS website user manual. The manual provides a list of all icons available in the tabs.

Accessibility features

The accessibility features of the WIRIS editor make mathematics available to all users. The WIRIS editor takes advantage of the accessibility features in web browsers. Users don't have to install additional software to deliver content with accessible formulas.

More on displaying accessible math formulas (WIRIS website)

More on keyboard only and JAWS (WIRIS website)