[Blindmath] Math editing and conversion

P. R. Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Mon Feb 2 16:58:04 CST 2009


\Alternatively, typeset the whole thing in LaTeX using a simple text 
editor and, using the tex package from www.miktex.org, convert the 
code to a pro standard PDF for your sighted recipients.
It only takes one command, "pdflatex filename.tex", to produce the 
PDF. It's that simple! No bug-ridden wysiwyg package, no need for a 
super computer to drive the software engine. it's light, efficient, 
free and there for the taking.
Cheers
Paul
At 22:03 02/02/2009, you wrote:
>The new version of MathType translates Latex in MS Word to displayed visual
>math.  You can just write a Latex equation, with $ signs around it, and
>MathType gobbles it up and inserts an equation in its place.  Once
>converted, you can get MathType to export Latex to the clipboard too.  Not
>really as usable as it could be, but better than nothing.
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
>Behalf Of Alastair Irving
>Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 10:04 AM
>To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
>Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Math editing and conversion
>
>Hi
>
>I believe there exists at least 1 Nemeth to LaTeX translator.
>Therefore, assuming you can save a braille file on your BrailleNote and
>transfer it to a computer, (if it is saved as a .brf or similar then no
>translation should occur), you could translate the nemeth to LaTeX and then
>compile the LaTeX to PDF.
>
>I don't know what level of maths is involved in your class, but for fairly
>simple algebra you could probably manage just using plain text, with ^ for
>superscripts, / for fractions, etc.  The results obviously won't be as
>pretty but its the most simple method provided things aren't too complex.
>
>
>
>Alternatively, you could look at Chatty Infty, or the lambda project.
>Both of these are editors designed for use by blind people doing
>mathematics, and I know that at least Lambda has Braille support.
>
>
>
>Personally, I work in LaTeX directly, using the LaTeX-access scripts to aid
>in reading, so have no actual experience of the above software.  If you
>intend to do more Mathematics classes then I strongly advise learning LaTeX,
>it has a steeper learning curve than any of the above but the results are
>definitely worth it, especially considering the volume of mathematical
>documents written in LaTeX.
>
>Finally, I would suggest that if you're posting to the list in future about
>a new topic then you start a new message rather than replying to an old one.
>Even if you change the subject line, various mail headers are left which
>refer to the initial thread, meaning that people using threaded mailreaders
>and also probably the archive will list your message as part of the old
>thread.
>
>Alastair
>
>Blind Collegian wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I registered for an Algebra class and my instructor is not familiar
> > with LaTeX and wants to know if there are any means of doing math more
> > efficiently using a certain computer program to create math equations
> > and expressions.
> > Is there a computer-based math program that does not have a lot of
> > learning curve? I want to be able to use it in Braille and either
> > print it or email it to the instructor.
> > I have a BrailleNote, but at this point I do not have the ability to
> > print Nemeth Code straight out of the device without any translation
> > happening in the background. Any ay advice would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Robin Williams"
> > <robster3 at hotmail.com>
> > To: "'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'"
> > <blindmath at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 8:33 AM
> > Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Spss 16 nightmare
> >
> >
> >> Vincent,
> >>  Yes, R can do everything that SPSS can do (almost certainly) and
> >> probably more if you use the various freely-distributed packages
> >> available. It is accessible to a large degree, especially if you run
> >> the back-end terminal
> >> (rterm.exe) found in the /bin directory.
> >>  I don't know for sure, but there is almost certainly a plugin to
> >> enable you to read SPSS files. Check out the r-project website. If I
> >> am wrong and there isn't, just export the output to some common
> >> format and import it with R.
> >>  HTH
> >>
> >> Robin Williams.
> >> Mobile:
> >> 07525 809495
> >> (Note: I have been giving an incorrect mobile number for the last
> >> several months, please update your contact details).
> >> Personal email and MSN:
> >> robster3 at hotmail.com
> >> University email (please use this address):
> >> rmw205 at exeter.ac.uk
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org
> >> [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org]
> >> On
> >> Behalf Of Jared Wright
> >> Sent: 31 January 2009 22:20
> >> To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
> >> Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Spss 16 nightmare
> >>
> >> Vincent, Is your instructor not using the standard JDK distributed by
> >> Sun for developing Java? If that's the compiler being used, and I've
> >> no idea why it wouldn't be, you should be able to just compile from
> >> the command line with javac. Of course, if you like the interactive
> >> environment of Eclipse, that's another story but if it's merely
> >> because of compilation problems, this might be preferable.
> >>
> >> Will be happy to help further off list, but I venture beyond the
> >> scope of this community now.
> >>
> >> Best,
> >> Jared
> >>
> >> vincent wrote:
> >>> Hello:
> >>> I am taking a quantitative research methods and Engineering
> >>> Psychology
> >> class
> >>> this semester and both are requiring me to use SPSS version 16 to
> >> calculate
> >>> results.  I have done everything imaginable to make SPSS talk enough
> >>> for
> >> me
> >>> to use, but to no avail.  I have installed the old scripts and the
> >>> Java access bridge.  It speaks somewhat, but not enough to truly
>function.
> >>> The
> >>> disability services office took my advice and is going to provide me
> >>> a reader to read the screen for me, so I can at least complete my
> >>> homework.
> >>
> >>>
> >>> Does anyone know if the statistical package "R: can do the same
> >>> things
> >> that
> >>> SPSS will do?  Also, will it read a .sav Spss file or will I have to
> >>> try
> >> and
> >>> export the data from the spss file.
> >>> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, because I just don't
> >>> have the time to do all the research this weekend myself.  I have to
> >>> spend time catching up in my JAVA programming class.  Of curse the
> >>> compiler the
> >> school
> >>> is using was written in JAVA and does not speak enough to use.  I
> >>> have
> >> moved
> >>> on to Eclipse and am happily coding away.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs,
> >>> you'll be
> >> a
> >>> Man, my son!"
> >>>
> >>> Rudyard Kipling
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
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