The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is committed to achieving the highest level of user satisfaction for all aspects of its website. As part of this effort, the AMS is dedicated to providing an online environment that is accessible to everyone, including users with disabilities.
The AMS is committed to website design, development, and operation in substantial conformance with generally-recognized and accepted guidelines for website accessibility. While these standards may change and/or evolve over time, they are currently the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at Levels A and AA ("WCAG 2.0").
We will continue to assess the website from both an engineering and user-experience basis. These assessments include the use of assistive technology (such as screen readers and screen magnifiers), and the use of automated accessibility testing tools.
Historically, mathematics has been difficult to present in an accessible way via PDF files. To this end, we employ MathJax throughout the website to display mathematics. The MathJax project – of which the AMS is a sponsor – is working to improve the accessibility of complex mathematics in a high-quality typeset environment. You may read more about the MathJax accessibility effort at the MathJax site.
AMS MathViewer provides a new option for viewing journal articles directly in a browser, offering an interactive and accessible alternative to PDF and print reading. AMS MathViewer is built around the principles of simplicity, semantic markup, and progressive enhancement. MathViewer articles are created in HTML, with good semantic markup. Equations are accessible and feature accurate descriptions. MathViewer is built with the Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module, which provides semantic metadata to help users of assistive technologies navigate through articles more easily. MathViewer is currently available on four AMS journals, and additional publications will be added in the coming year.
Under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies are required to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a document that evaluates how accessible a particular product is according to the Section 508 Standards. Vendors complete VPAT forms to disclose the accessibility of a product according to Section 508 requirements. Below are completed VPATs AMS products MathSciNet®, eBooks and electronic journals.
Our accessibility efforts are ongoing. If at any time you have any specific questions, feedback, or concerns about the accessibility of any particular pages on ams.org, please contact us below. If you encounter an accessibility issue, please specify the webpage/URL in your message, and we will make all reasonable efforts to address your concern(s).