[Blindmath] all the ways blind can write math on the computer

Louis Maher ljmaher at swbell.net
Wed Mar 13 17:24:40 CDT 2013


You could use Microsoft word with MathType's equation editor.  You would
create the equations in Latex in the word document, and then turn them into
images with one MathType command.  You can also turn the MathType equation
images back into Latex with another MathType command.

You do not need voice recognition or optical character recognition.

This seems the simplest way to get mathematics in electronic form.

Louis Maher
ljmaher at swbell.net

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From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Tara
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Subject: [Blindmath] all the ways blind can write math on the computer


I wanted to know all the ways it's possible for a blind person using a
screen reader to type out math using a computer or smartphone.  Basically,
all the ways for a blind person to create electronic math text.  I'm
interested in teh less conventional ways like prototypes made  by research
Mor specifically, can a screen  reader use math type to  put equations into
Duxbury or Microsoft Word?  Or, do we still have to use Scientific Notebook?
Speaking of Scientific Notebook, do we have to use Dragon Naturally Speaking
with it?   Or, is it possible, even if it takes some memorization of
keystrokes for when the screen reader cannot recognize certain portions, to
use without voice recognition software?  I wanted to find a way to put
nemeth into a duxbury document without having to use dragon, scientific
notebook, and Jay Say program for jaws to work with dragon.
 If there are other methods, do you all know of tutorials made for blind
persons that go step by step?  

I know print math so thought about trying to use a touch screen with stylus
to write out print versions that are then translated into etext using math
type or windows math input panel.  I think if the menus in the software  are
accessible, this  should work.  I'm hoping I can write out a few print
equations on the  touchscreen, then maybe there's a keystroke to select all
and change  into Math Type or Latex?  Do you all have experience with this
method?  I think it could be very useful and easy-to-use for all blind;
you'd just have to learn the print version of all numbers and symbols, which
would actually be  easier than learning all the letters I would guess.
I know Design Science talks about Math type and its compatibility with
touchscreens so definitely  think it's  possible; you'd think they'd want to
make it 100% accessible so it could be used along with math player.  

Have  you tried the Chatty program?  Are there going to be new versions
coming out?  I've been looking for a tutorial for it too.

Lastly, does the accessible graphing calculator scientific calculator
section allow a cut/paste of its equations into word or some other
accessible way of playback?


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