[Blindmath] Mathematical document accessibility

P. R. Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Fri Mar 13 20:39:22 CDT 2009

I disagree! LaTeX isn't just for typesetting maths. Learning LaTeX 
would allow you the freedom to typeset professional quality documents 
without having to shell out hundreds on a less than accessible editor.
At 22:51 13/03/2009, you wrote:
>I think the variation in useage of LaTeX depends on level, I feel 
>for someone at university doing maths or something needing a 
>reasonable amount of maths then LaTeX is well worth the while. For 
>those at an earlier stage in maths teachers become less 
>knowledgeable on LaTeX, and possibly rightly as LaTeX may be more 
>than really is needed at such a level, particularly for the student 
>to learn if they may not go on to do maths. This is why I ask 
>whether a simpler system for writing is needed (eg. RST from the 
>docutils package is a nice wysiwyg style markup language (I think 
>that is a fair description) which is reasonably easy to learn the 
>basic document formatting, and if it could be extended to math then 
>it might be a good system for people at an earlier stage. The 
>problem is that it doesn't have a math notation system, but may be 
>we need to look at this and try and encourage any development to be 
>an accessible one IE. one which can be compiled to mathml as one of 
>the current systems suggested for math in RST produces images). 
>LaTeX would still be a better option for those serious about maths 
>as LaTeX is so commonly used at university level.
>Michael Whapples
>On 13/03/09 22:17, Jared Wright wrote:
>>On 3/13/2009 4:23 PM, Blind Collegian wrote:
>>"With LaTeX, very few teachers use it..."
>>Really? Interesting. i'm at a fairly nondescript Midwestern 
>>university, and you'd get run out of the Math department here if 
>>you weren't at least familiar with the LaTeX basics.. The academic 
>>world of math and science really does seem to use it extensively, 
>>which is why I found it the most worthwhile medium for 
>>communicating mathematical notation.
>>Sorry, I know that doesn't help much. I'm just surprised your 
>>teachers aren't all about working in LaTex.
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