# [Blindmath] accessible math websites

P. R. Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Mon Mar 16 06:49:00 CDT 2009

How is it an exageration?
Can't you read text files? LaTeX source is pure text. You specify
everything in text. My goodness, you've everything served up to you
on a plate here. What more do you want, someone to do the chewing for
you as well? *smile*
At 11:14 16/03/2009, you wrote:
>Of course, 100% accessible is probably a slight exaggeration, but I
>certainly don't know of any equivalent notation systems that provide
>the level of access for the blind that LaTeX does. Yes, you may need
>sighted assistance to confirm the way LaTeX compiled at some point,
>but don't you need sighted asistance to tell you the WYSYWYG editor
>you're using did what you want? If you know of some way of editing
>documents without vision that allows you to check all potential
>facets of a document for correctness without any sort of sighted
>confirmation, lead me to it! *smile*
>
>Jared
>
>
>On 3/16/2009 6:38 AM, Michael Whapples wrote:
>>"LaTeX is the only 100% accessible typesetting tool for the blind"
>>Really? I feel that needs questioning from both directions. I am
>>sure there probably are other tools just as accessible as LaTeX but
>>LaTeX is by far the most popular one which is useable. The other
>>side is whether LaTeX is really 100% accessible, well the source
>>code might be but the compiled document isn't. I remember when I
>>wanted to achieve a very specific formatting I found it hard to get
>>an output where I could independently confirm the output was
>>actually formatted as I needed. As I remember I had to resort to
>>asking a sighted person to check the formatting for me and it took
>>a few attempts at the source code to actually get exactly what I
>>needed. May be these cases are rare, but so long as a single case
>>exists then a 100% accessibility claim is an exageration.
>>
>>Michael Whapples
>>On 16/03/09 06:34, P. R. Stanley wrote:
>>>I wasn't refering to you personally. It was you as in general.
>>>as I have already explained, wysewyg was invented to serve people
>>>like you i.e. the sighted. LaTeX by some fortunate accident
>>>happened to be just the thing we blind folks need in order to
>>>ensure that the document looks as presentable as possible.
>>>Difficult or not LaTeX is the only 100% accessible typesetting
>>>tool for the blind and you cannot and will not be able to change
>>>and I'm not going to sit quietly while some half baked idea gets
>>>promoted solely as to make money for a handful of opportunists!
>>>and before you get excited, no, I am not alluding to you.
>>>Paul
>>>
>>>
>>>At 05:33 16/03/2009, you wrote:
>>>>FYI: I know TeX reasonably well. I wrote my thesis in it and many papers
>>>>in it, but I don't use it anymore (mostly) because I hate the write,
>>>>"compile", fix, "compile", fix, etc., loop that WYSIWYG eliminates. I do
>>>>advocate that people going into math or physics and a few other sciences
>>>>learn it because many of their colleagues will use it and you will see it
>>>>and need to correspond with them using it. Knowing it doesn't mean using it
>>>>though.
>>>>
>>>>The point about actuarial notation is that it is not as straightforward in
>>>>TeX as a fraction or superscript is. As you can see, the "angle" part is
>>>>split among the overline and the |, and those constructs break apart the
>>>>operands in a semantically unnatural way, making comprehension harder. If
>>>>one were using real TeX, you'd write a macro to do this and it
>>>>would be more
>>>>understandable, but the TeX variant used by Wikipedia (texvc) and
>>>>most other
>>>>web-oriented systems is not extensible and only support a very limited
>>>>subset of TeX.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>Neil Soiffer
>>>>Senior Scientist
>>>>Design Science, Inc.
>>>>www.dessci.com
>>>>~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, WebEQ, Equation
>>>>Editor ~
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM, P. R. Stanley
>>>><prstanley at ntlworld.com>wrote:
>>>>
>>>> > I'm sorry, Neil, what is the point you're making? You may not
>>>> understand it
>>>> > straightaway but with a little bit of work and patience you
>>>> can get to know
>>>> > the system. The benenfits of LaTeX which have been highlighted
>>>> on this list
>>>> > on many occasions surely must make it worth the effort.
>>>> > Cheers
>>>> > Paul
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > At 00:31 16/03/2009, you wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> >> If you are willing to deal with TeX, take a look at
>>>> Wikipedia. The images
>>>> >> use TeX as the alt text. Unfortunately, TeX is pretty cryptic for
>>>> >> actuarial
>>>> >> notations. For example, "a angle n i" is represented as
>>>> >> "a_{\overline{n|}i}" Take a look at
>>>> >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actuarial_notation
>>>> >> and see if it is understandable.
>>>> >>
>>>> >> For more basic concepts (such as Algebra I and II), there are
>>>> sites such
>>>> >> as
>>>> >> www.onemathematicalcat.org that use MathML and are accessible via
>>>> >> MathPlayer
>>>> >> with JAWS.
>>>> >>
>>>> >> Neil Soiffer
>>>> >> Senior Scientist
>>>> >> Design Science, Inc.
>>>> >> www.dessci.com
>>>> >> ~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, WebEQ, Equation
>>>> >> Editor ~
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >> On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 1:39 PM, <sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca> wrote:
>>>> >>
>>>> >> > Hi all,
>>>> >> > Every so often, I find my math text inadequately explains a
>>>> topic, and
>>>> >> so I
>>>> >> > wish to look it up online. However I find many math websites have
>>>> >> equations
>>>> >> > as images that JAWS won't read. Are there any sites you know of which
>>>> >> > explain mathematical concepts that are JAWS-friendly?
>>>> >> > Thank you for your help,
>>>> >> > Sarah Jevnikar
>>>> >> >
>>>> >> >
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