[Blindmath] Braille Math Translation Made Easy with the

Sarah Jevnikar sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
Fri Oct 24 21:19:54 CDT 2008


Hi Michael,
Thank you for your help. I believe a program called TEK (tao epsilon kai) is
used to create the math files. I don't know how it works - I was just told
the format.
Thank you for all your help,
Sarah Jevnikar

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Sent: Friday, October 24, 2008 3:53 PM
To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Braille Math Translation Made Easy with the

Hello,
Reading PDF directly you probably will not have a good way to do that.
Not all is lost though. It could be that the assignments are written
using LaTeX, in which case you could try using duxbury for braille, or
the jaws scripts from http://latex-access.sf.net for jaws to read it
better, or even learn LaTeX as LaTeX may be useful for you to write your
documents containing math. If the PDF isn't created from LaTeX (I can't
think of another format which commonly uses PDF for the output files)
then it might be possible to convert it to something useful although I
would need to know what format is used before I could suggest how you
could make it useful.

Should it be impossible to get back to the source file, the infty reader
may be able to do something although math may not be 100% accurate due
to the OCR being performed.

Michael Whapples
On Fri, 2008-10-24 at 14:48 -0400, Sarah Jevnikar wrote:
> Does anyone know how I might transate pdf math files into Braille? Many of
> my university assignments are written this way, and JAWS doesn't read them
> well. Any thoughts?
> Thank you,
> Sarah Jevnikar
> 
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> Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:08 PM
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> Braille Math Translation Made Easy with the Tiger Software 
> SuiteBraille Math Translation Made Easy with the Tiger Software Suite
> 
> ViewPlus Technologies Logo
> 
> News Release
> 
> For Immediate Release - Thursday, October 23, 2008
> 
> Braille Math Translation Made Easy with the Tiger Software Suite
> 
> October 23, 2008 Corvallis Oregon -ViewPlus Technologies and Design 
> Science announced today the release of a new update to the ViewPlus 
> Tiger Software Suite
> 4 (TSS) for braille math support within Microsoft Word. The new 
> version TSS 4.1 works with Design Science's MathType version 5.0 or 
> higher, allowing users
> to create mathematical equations within MathType and translate to 
> braille with one touch.
> 
> The collaboration between ViewPlus and Design Science has provided 
> users with a new option for creating custom math documents. Users who 
> prefer to create
> documents within MS Word can insert equations from MathType, add 
> desired text and graphics, and translate to braille in one easy step. 
> Equations will appear
> in both braille and ink allowing sighted readers to follow along. The 
> documents can then be embossed using a Tiger embosser for high 
> resolution tactile
> output.
> 
> An example image of Nemeth printout
> 
> "TSS is another example of the fruitful cooperation between Design 
> Science and ViewPlus. TSS makes authoring and reading documents that 
> contain math easier
> than ever. Math is taught everyday in every school, and using 
> MathType and TSS makes it easy for teachers to provide access to 
> materials for everyone in
> the classroom, whether they are sighted or not," said Neil Soiffer, 
> Senior Scientist at Design Science.
> 
> The Tiger Software Suite currently outputs to Nemeth and LaTeX, and 
> additional math codes will be available in 2009. The braille math 
> translator within
> TSS is a free update for current 4.0 users.
> 
> For more information about the Tiger Software Suite with braille math 
> support please visit:
> www.viewplus.com
> 
> To learn more about MathType from Design Science, please visit:
> www.dessci.com
> 
> About ViewPlus Technologies
> ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. is a private firm that develops and 
> manufactures hardware and software for people with sensory 
> disabilities, including people
> who are blind, people who have low vision and those who are learning 
> disabled. For more information please visit the ViewPlus website,
> www.viewplus.com,
> email
> <mailto:info%40viewplus.com>info at viewplus.com,
> or call 541.754.4002.
> 
> About Design Science
> Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Design 
> Science develops software used by publishing professionals, educators 
> and scientists,
> including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, WebEQ, 
> MathFlow and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print. For 
> more information please
> visit
> www.dessci.com.
> 
> For more information contact:
> 
> Kayleen Hagen
> Public Affairs Coordinator
> ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
> Phone:541.754.4002 x 221
> <mailto:kayleen.hagen%40viewplus.com>kayleen.hagen at viewplus.com
> 
> Bruce Virga
> Vice President, Sales
> Design Science, Inc.
> Phone:800.827.0685/562.432.2920
> <mailto:brucev%40dessci.com>brucev at dessci.com
> 
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