Creating accessible STEM content

Wiris pushes against the lack of accessible STEM content. 

Our platform uses the MathML standard to be accessible for everybody.

One of the biggest obstacles for the educational community is the lack of accessible STEM content as well as the absence of adequate tools to create said materials. STEM is the acronym of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, an area of education specialized in interdisciplinarity and application of science and mathematics.

STEM content accessible for people with vision impairments are not common. Although nowadays there are many tools to generate accessible materials, the problem lies in the few options available  for the creation of accessible and adequate resources for STEM classes. This creates many obstacles for disabled Stem professionals to make their content available for everyone.

Luckily there are successful initiatives that mitigate this problem. Wiris has built MathType in a way that is totally navigable with the keyboard and fully compatible with the majority of the screen-readers in the market, which allow people with visual impairments to be guided by an off-voice. Thus, Wiris makes sure its products are accessible to everybody.

These accessibility options work for both the process of creating STEM content, and of using and working with it. Besides, WirisQuizzes is also built so that the students can answer exam questions in a fully accessible and autonomous way.

Available for your computer and on-line.

MathType works both for the desktop framework(text editors), and for on-line services(Google services and most LMS platforms), thus making it the most advanced mathematical authoring tool in the market. MathType can achieve this goal by automatically adding alternative text to the created equations, adding it in the HTML code when you are working in a web platform, or to the images when you work with the desktop app.

In addition, all Wiris products are based on the MathML standard, a coding language that incorporates both the structure and the content of the mathematical expression. Many screen-readers are equipped with MathML format reading capability, which makes Wiris accessible in the majority of devices. Moreover, the MathML language has many features that make it very useful for people with disabilities. 

For its ease of navigation with the keyboard and its use of the MathML language, MathType has created a new accessibility standard in mathematical tools both for students and professionals.



Wiris stands with Ukraine

From Wiris, we would like to express our deep concern about the situation in Ukraine, and join so many voices from around the world in calling for peace. We stand with all the people who are suffering at this moment and condemn the use of any military action. 

Wiris joins the firm condemnation against the war in Ukraine made by the ACUP (Catalan Association of Public Universities).

For this, we have made the decision to provide all Ukraine accounts with free MathType licenses until the 20th of September 2022.

Please contact if you have been affected by this conflict and wish to receive a free license.


5 reasons to switch to online software

In the last few years, digital tools are gaining popularity. As in many other aspects of life, digitalization is finding its place in the laboratory environment. It is not a surprise. The list of advantages that the switch to online software has in day-to-day work is long.

On the other hand, the jump from paper to digital can be a bit overwhelming at times. To help you in your decision, here is a list of 5 reasons why you should consider making the move, if you haven’t done it yet. 


Coronavirus showed us how important it is to be able to access your data and your work when you are far away from your laboratory or workplace. Now that we are leaving the pandemic behind, there’s still plenty of situations where we need to work remotely: when you work from home as a way to improve work-life balance (specially important to solve gender gap 1, 2); when you are abroad for a conference or visiting another lab; or even when you move forward in your career and start a new position. In all these cases, the flexibility of online software can be a great advantage: You can access it anytime, anywhere and from any device. The possibilities are virtually endless. 


One of the biggest concerns in science is reproducibility. According to a Nature’s survey3 of 1,576 researchers, 52% of them think that there is a significant “crisis” of reproducibility. Under the same line, an online poll of members of the American Society for Cell Biologist4, more than 70% of those surveyed afirm to have tried and failed to reproduce an external experiment, and even more surprisingly, 50% of them have failed to reproduce their own experiments. 

The reasons behind this are many: from poor analysis or experimental design, to human error or lack of complete methods’ information. The list goes on, but in many of these cases, using online software could help increase reproducibility. They are designed to be consistent, follow industry standards and facilitate automated experiments and data collection.   


Online tools are also designed to share your files and results easily with colleagues and collaborators. Aside from facilitating record-keeping and making your life easier, sharing is more important than ever. In the past years more publishers and funders are encouraging, even demanding, depositing raw datas and protocols in a repository. In this scenario, using online tools can become a huge advantage. 

Also, improving the way you share your raw data, results and protocols positively impacts the reproducibility of your experiments. A study published in Plos One5 indicates that sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate. Sharing not only improves your work but also the quality and robustness of science in general. 

5 reasons to switch to online software: flexibility, reproducibility, shareable, save time, increase productivity.


Online tools help you to simplify your workflow and save time. Although in many cases you can do the same work with pen and paper, the online versions make it quicker. They are designed to free you from normally boring and time-consuming tasks and to improve one, or several, key steps of an experiment (creation, execution, data collection, data processing and calculations). 

Moreover, using a toll helps to compare results across multiple runs and, even more exciting, when you deal with large amounts of data and samples, it can help you see the results in a global way and find connections. 


And last but not least, using online tools improves productivity and efficiency. Besides saving time, using online software avoids the mistakes and typical human errors that can ruin an experiment: misscopy data, transcription errors, data loss, haphazard record storage… They also help to optimize workflow and automate processes. In summary, using online tools is a great way to  boost your productivity in the lab.

As you can see, everyone can benefit from changing to online software. From small labs to big biotech companies. There are plenty of options out there. If you are thinking of making the transition, we recommend to start small first and try different solutions to find the one that suits you and improves your workflow. 

At Bufferfish, we do our best to create chemistry software and result analysis tools to make your life easier so you can really focus on your research.