Turn PDF Math into Accessible Word Docs with MathPix

This post will explore how to use MathPix snip to convert a PDF full of math Images into an accessible Word document with accessible math!

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The Importance of Converting PDF Math to Accessible Formats

Math is a universal language. Yet, its accessibility is often restricted. The culprit? PDF files filled with math equations that aren’t screen-reader-friendly. This gap needs to be closed, and that’s where tools like MathPix come into play. Today we’ll go step-by-step through the process of using MathPix to convert these PDF math problems into accessible Word documents.

Why PDFs Fall Short

PDFs have long been a preferred method for distributing academic materials, including math problems. However, they fall short when it comes to accessibility. Screen readers and other assistive technologies often struggle with PDF content, especially complex equations. This can be a significant hurdle for people with visual impairments or learning disabilities. Speaking of which, I can make your pdfs accessible for you:

Streamlined Workflow: MathPix for PDFs

MathPix is not just a tool for capturing individual math problems. It’s a robust software capable of converting up to 100 pages of PDFs filled with math problems. The equations can be handwritten, typed out digitally, or in any other format. Here’s how you can make the conversion happen:

1. Have a PDF ready to rock:

The first step is simple. Ensure you have a PDF that contains the math problems you wish to convert into an accessible format.

2. Log In to MathPix:

Navigate to snip.mathpix.com and log into your account. If you don’t have an account, create one. It’s a straightforward process.

Logging in to math pix snip

3. Upload the PDF:

Once logged in, click on the PDF option located on the far left of your screen. You’ll see an upload button; click it and upload your PDF.

Uploading the PDF

4. Choose the Conversion Option:

After uploading, you’ll have a few options. You can either ‘Open the PDF,’ ‘Convert it to a Note,’ or ‘Export the File.’ If you’re planning to make changes to the equations, choose ‘Convert it to a Note.’

Conversion options

5. Visual Review:

A snapshot of what your math problems will look like will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. On the left, you’ll see your math equations formatted properly in either LaTex or Math ML.

Visual review

6. Export to Word:

Here’s the crucial step. Click the export button located at the top right corner of the screen. Do not export as PDF. Choose the Docx option.

Here’s the crucial step. Click the export button located at the top right corner of the screen. Do not export as PDF. Choose the Docx option.

Inspect in Word

Once exported, open the resulting Word document. You’ll find that the math problems are now within Microsoft Word’s default Equation Editor.

Opt for MathType:

If you have MathType installed, you’ll have an option to convert these equations into Math ML, making them even more accessible. Finalize Your Document: You now have an accessible Word document filled with your math problems. It’s ready for further editing if needed or distribution.

Additional Benefits and Takeaways

What makes this process so impactful is its scalability. If you have an extensive PDF, MathPix handles it with ease. The tool offers you the flexibility to deal with different types of math problems, from basic arithmetic to complex calculus equations.

Using Kurzweil 3000 Automator: A Step-by-Step Guide


Are you looking to simplify the conversion of multiple PDF files at once? Today, I’m going to guide you through using the Kurzweil 3000 Automator, a vital tool for this process. Let’s explore how easy it can be.

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Converting Multiple PDF Files Using Kurzweil 3000 Automator: Preparing Your Files

I’ve got 10 PDF files ready for conversion, placed in my starred folder, aptly named ‘in.’ The Kurzweil 3000 Automator (K 3000) is about to make this task seamless. First, move the files you want to convert into your chosen folder. After launching K 3000, select the start file you want to use. In my case, I have a folder on my desktop named ‘in,’ and my destination folder for the processed files is ‘out.’

The Conversion Process: Step by Step

Once the folders are set up, Kurzweil will begin to perform OCR on the files. You can watch the progress as the page count shifts through each one of the pages in the bottom right corner of the screen.

As each file completes, they’ll land inside the ‘out’ folder. Kurzweil then relaunches the program to continue converting the files. Just let it run, and soon, all your files will be ready in the output folder.

Handling Errors

Keep in mind, hundreds of files can be processed, but occasionally an error may occur. If an error stops the program, you’ll have to address it before proceeding. Typically this includes deleting the .dat file in the output folder.

Conclusion: More on Assistive Technology

For more tips on useful Assistive Technology like Kurzweil and others, feel free to explore other content. As always, I can be your personal accessibility expert. Thank you for joining me today.

Dealing with Overwritten Alternate Text Issue during Word to PDF Conversion

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The patch for this error is at the bottom of the post. You need to download this update from Adobe:

Understanding the Overwritten Alternate Text Issue in PDF Conversion

Hello there, tech enthusiasts! Today, we are taking a deep dive into a recent and pressing issue regarding PDF conversion that’s been creating quite a buzz. We’re talking about overwritten alternate text that users are experiencing when converting Microsoft Word documents to Adobe PDF. This perplexing problem has cropped up recently, possibly due to an update in Adobe Acrobat.

For those of you who regularly use images in your Word documents and assign them alternative texts (alt text), you might have noticed something odd happening. During the conversion process to PDF, the assigned alternate texts are mysteriously overwritten. When testing this, even when the alt text field is left blank for an image in a Word document, some other alt text seems to be auto-generated during conversion.

Investigating the Overwritten Alternate Text in PDF

The issue doesn’t stop there. Upon placing an alternate text ‘test’ on a second image and leaving the first one blank, both images exhibited the same peculiar behavior after conversion. By navigating to the tags panel in the converted PDF and right-clicking on the figure tag, you can view the properties of each image. This process reveals that some alt text is indeed being forced into these images during conversion.

The same test applies for the second image. Unfortunately, the alt text ‘test’ inputted is overwritten during the conversion process as well. This peculiar issue isn’t limited to a specific set of images, as it indiscriminately affects all images during conversion.

While the exact cause remains a mystery, the first step to preventing this issue is to regularly check the alt text on your images during conversion. Consider this a public service announcement to remain vigilant and ensure your image descriptions are preserved in the transition from Word to PDF.

Adobe Acrobat Update: A Potential Solution

In the hunt for a solution, a deep dive into the Adobe support community led to an intriguing find: an optional update for Adobe Acrobat that could potentially address this issue. But as with any bug fix, the efficacy of the solution isn’t guaranteed for all users. The optional update didn’t solve the problem in every case, but it could potentially help others experiencing similar problems. Despite the setbacks, continued efforts to troubleshoot this issue are essential.


Remember, tech problems are only temporary, and there’s always a solution around the corner. Until then, double-checking the alternate text in your images remains your best course of action. Thanks for joining us today, and remember, always stay curious and resilient in the face of technology’s puzzles.

Creating Accessible Forms in Microsoft Word: A Step-by-Step Guide


Welcome to the Accessibility Guy channel. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the process of creating accessible forms in Microsoft Word and converting them into PDFs for enhanced accessibility. Although Microsoft Word has limitations when it comes to creating fully accessible forms, this guide will help you lay the foundation for your form before converting it into a more accessible PDF format.

Laying the Foundation for Accessible Forms in Microsoft Word

  1. Begin by opening a new Microsoft Word document. Add your logo at the top of the page, followed by a heading level one to introduce the purpose of your form. For this example, we’ll use the title “Application for the Accessibility Guy Champion Program.”
  2. Structure your form with field names such as “First Name” and “Last Name,” followed by a colon and an underline. Use the tab key to add space for users to enter their information. Be sure to adjust the tabs as needed to align the lines.
  3. Copy and paste the field names to create additional fields, such as “Phone Number” and “Email Address.” Remember to adjust the tabs for proper alignment.
  4. Add a brief description of the form’s purpose at the top of the document, such as “This application will be used for consideration in joining the Accessibility Guy Champion Program.”
  5. Include a space for a signature by typing your name and changing the field to “Signature.” This is often requested on forms that require a user’s consent or agreement.
  6. To incorporate checkboxes or radio buttons for multiple-choice questions, create a bulleted list. This will help maintain the desired structure when you start developing checklist items in Adobe Acrobat. However, keep in mind that Microsoft Word’s accessibility options for form controls are limited, and further adjustments may be necessary when converting to a PDF.
  7. To access additional form controls, open the developer tab by going to File > Options > Customize Ribbon, and under main tabs, select the “Developer” checkbox. This will add the Developer tab to your toolbar, where you can find various form controls. While these controls are not fully accessible to all screen readers, they can be useful for building the structure of your document before converting it to a more accessible format.

Converting Your Microsoft Word Form to a PDF

  1. Save your Microsoft Word document once you have completed creating the form.
  2. To create a PDF file, select the Acrobat tab in Word and then click on “Create PDF.” This will generate a PDF version of your form.
  3. Review the tags in the newly created PDF to identify any accessibility issues. For example, checkboxes may not come through correctly, which will require further adjustments in Adobe Acrobat. Additionally, ensure that the reading order is logical and that all form fields have appropriate labels.


Creating accessible forms in Microsoft Word can be challenging due to its limitations, but with this comprehensive guide, you can lay the foundation for your form before converting it to a more accessible PDF format. In our next blog post, we will explore how to make your PDF form accessible using Adobe Acrobat, including fixing any issues with checkboxes and ensuring that all form fields have proper labels and reading order. Check out the link in the description below and join us next time to improve your form’s accessibility even further.

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