[Blindmath] problems reading PDF scientific documents

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Fri Jun 1 09:51:19 CDT 2012


Hello,
Further to that last message, one of the projects I am aware of which is 
working on the problem of accessing maths in PDF is maxtract and the 
blog for it can be found at 
http://researchblogs.cs.bham.ac.uk/math-access/category/maxtract/

This is work in progress and I don't know when they plan to have 
something usable out.

Michael Whapples
On 31/05/2012 10:36, Michael Whapples wrote:
> On 31/05/2012 01:26, Lucas Radaelli wrote:
>> Hey Jessica,
>>
>> If you are from Curitiba we are from the same city! :)
>>
>> I have got a lot of problems in this area too. Specially in Brazil
>> where it seems that nobody understands about that to give us a hand.
>>
>>
>> What my teachers have done during graduation was create the scientific
>> documents already in LaTeX, and they offered the normal pdf to other
>> students. The program that michael mentioned I have never used yet,
>> but gonna check it out. I did not oppenned the website yet, but I am
>> almost sure that it is more than 500 dolars... I hope that I am wrong!
>>
>> You can send me a mail too, we can keep in contact to finde solutions
>> together here in Brazil.
>>
>> Greetings!
>>
>>
>> 2012/5/30, Michael Whapples<mwhapples at aim.com>:
>>> The infty reader www.inftyproject.org may help. I understand other 
>>> things
>>> are being developed but this the only working solution for now.
>>>
>>> Michael Whapples
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPod
>>>
>>> On 30 May 2012, at 22:24, Géssica Michelle dos Santos
>>> Pereira<gessicamichelle at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Dear all,
>>>>
>>>> I am Gessica, from the south of Brazil, with visual impairment, having
>>>> difficulties in reading PDF scientific documents, when they show
>>>> formulae.. I use screen reader Jaws and I've heard that LaTeX or
>>>> MathML might be useful but would you know how to convert the PDF
>>>> documents into these formats? .....moreover...how to use them?  I
>>>> wonder if you could help me find the solution.
>>>>
>>>> Best regards,
>>>>
>>>> Gessica Michelle
>>>>
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> Yes, unfortunately the infty reader software is expensive. It is worth 
> noting though that infty reader is OCR software for maths, so could 
> put printed maths from paper into an electronic format such as LaTeX 
> or MathML as well.
>
> Hopefully one of the other projects I know of will allow access to PDF 
> at a lower cost.
>
> In many cases the PDF is created from another format such as LaTeX so 
> it might be worth contacting the author to see if they can provide the 
> document in another format.
>
> Michael Whapples
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