[Blindmath] mathematica and laTex

Alastair Irving alastair.irving at sjc.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jan 20 10:54:39 CST 2010


1. Its several years since I used mathematica.  I believe it has a 
commandline interface which should be accessible with most 
screenreaders, and the normal interface can be made to give output in 
the same format as input, (so matrices are written as a list of lists 
rather than in 2-dimentions).

2. LaTeX is readable as it is just a plain text file.  as a couple of 
other people have commented, if you use the LaTeX-access scripts then 
much of the mathematical notation will be read in a more human friendly 
way and sent to a Braille display in Nemeth.  LaTeX-access also allows 
you to highlight a matrix in LaTeX and have it loaded into memory, you 
can then virtually navigate it and read specific rows and columns, etc. 
  I think  LaTeX-access makes LaTeX considerably easier, (although I am 
the author of it so am maybe biased).

The simplest way to get started with LaTeX-access is to install Edsharp 
and use it as you're editor.  However, the version with Edsharp is now 
quite old so if you will be using it a lot it would be worth while to 
install the latest version from SVN.

Please feel free to contact me off list if I can be of assistance 
setting up LaTeX-access.


Alastair Irving

On 19/01/2010 23:48, Alex Hall wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have two questions.
> 1. I will have three computer labs in my linear algebra class this semester.
> Two of these labs will involve a program called Mathematica. I will very
> likely be using System Access To Go since I do not have jaws on any machine
> in the lab we will be using. What will Mathematica do with SA? Will it work
> at all? Is there anything I should know? Is it worth getting Jaws on the lab
> computer?
> 2. Most of the things my professor sends me will be laTex files. Is there a
> way to get jaws (these will be on my home machine) to read this notation
> correctly, especially relating to matrix notation?
> Thanks in advance for any help!
> Have a great day,
> Alex
> Email: mehgcap at gmail.com
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