[Blindmath] Press Release: MathType 6.5 for Windows is available

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Wed Dec 3 13:15:33 CST 2008

I had been wondering what it might do, but I came to the same conclusion 
that for those very familiar with word then just learning the math TeX 
isn't such a steep learning curve.

Is this really the best solution, probably not. I am sure that this work 
that Neil and design Science are putting into accessibility will help 
people, but sometimes I wonder whether these work arounds (relying on 
the TeX features of MathType) do improve things in the long term as some 
AT providers might say "well you can use it that way why do we need to 
do anything" without really understanding the problems and how work on 
their side might improve math accessibility. Neil's earlier comment 
about users requesting math accessibility in their AT probably is the 
way things need to go for the long term.

Michael Whapples

On 03/12/08 17:22, Neil Soiffer wrote:
> As John and Theodor wrote, the WYSWYG part of MathType is not accessible --
> we still hope to do that some day if we can get a grant to fund the work
> (there is no way we could ever recoup the development costs with sales and
> we are a very small company, so budgets are very tight).  However, as both
> John and Theordor wrote, with this new feature, you can collaborate with
> your colleagues that use Word and MathType or Equation Editor.  You only
> need to learn the math parts of TeX, not all of TeX, so that is much less to
> learn.
> This won't solve everyone's access problems, but I hope it helps make math
> in Word more accessible.
> Neil Soiffer
> Senior Scientist
> Design Science, Inc.
> www.dessci.com
> ~ Makers of Equation Editor, MathType, MathPlayer and MathFlow ~
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