[Blindmath] ASCII math

Neal neal at duxsys.com
Wed Jan 9 15:36:05 CST 2013

I must admit I work for Duxbury Systems, Inc.

DBT WIN can open and interpret MS Word files where the math was scripted
utilizing Math Type in Word.
There are many other solutions that work with DBT WIN including Scientific
Notebook, and INFTY.
You can also insert graphics in your braille file so long as they are
created with the free QuickTac Program.

DBT WIN also translates many Indian languages into Braille as well as
support for math translation into Nemeth braille, British Braille, and
Unified English Braille.  For instance, you can choose Nemeth math braille
with Urdu, Hindi or Gujurati, or Kannada or Kurukh or Marathi or Bhojpuri or
a number of other languages used in India, etc.

neal at duxsys.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Susan
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 4:14 PM
To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] ASCII math

I would definitely NOT choose ASCIIMathML as a general solution.  This
system is quite incomplete and was designed for simple math.

I strongly suggest Word with MathType for sighted persons.  There are
various options so users can learn appropriate shortcuts as they get more
familiar with the system.  And don't forget that in a typical document there
is a lot of repetition so that much time can be saved by using copy and
paste for parts of expressions as well as whole expressions.

By the way, many math transcribers in the US prefer to enter Nemeth math
directly.  I think this is a poor solution.  First, it makes proofreading
almost impossible. Second, it requires considerable specialist training. 
Finally, and most importantly, even though it may take some time and effort
to fully implement an automatic process for translating MathML to braille
math, once it is done it will be much more reliable, efficient, and cheaper
than humans could ever be.

There is a wonderful company in India called River Valley Technologies with
a business based on converting from LaTeX to MathML. CV Radhakrishnan, one
of the founders, is very experienced, very generous and has a deep
understanding of the issues surrounding electronic math.  I would suggest
you contact them for advice.

There is another company in India called Webel Mediatronics that sells
software to support  braille production in various Indian languages and
software called WIMATS for converting to Nemeth braille.  My understanding
is that WIMATS has its own input system for math.

Best wishes,
Susan Jolly 

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