[Blindmath] Reading Math on the Internet

George Bell George at techno-vision.co.uk
Thu Mar 28 04:58:28 CDT 2013

Hi Bente,

I have to endorse your comment about Neil being helpful.  Indeed the whole Design Science team have been incredibly helpful in the braille math work I've been doing with Duxbury.

It's very unusual to have such co-operation and enthusiasm from many developers these days, and I hope that this is being reflected  in their sales.  Having seen this type of thing before, I know that as often as not, where such a product is proven to be accessible, it is also purchased in other areas of schools.

Interesting enough, one of our Universities over here is being very helpful in work we are doing towards improving the production of braille from raw LaTeX.  It's early days yet, but an encouraging comment from them was that, "... the braille was more than adequate for teaching purposes".  Albeit an introductory year student, he ended up with a remarkable 100% in the end of year exam.

George.

-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Bente Casile
Sent: 28 March 2013 08:33
To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Reading Math on the Internet

Neil,

As always you are so helpful.  My students will LOVE this!  Thanks for sharing.

Bente

-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Neil Soiffer
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:12 AM
To: GianniP46; Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Reading Math on the Internet

Here's a little "secret" that I'm planning to blog about once MathPlayer
3.0 comes out (really, really soon):  you can make Wikipedia pages use MathJax.  That means that if you read the pages via IE+MathPlayer, the math is accessible (mostly -- there are some equations that are not coded correctly, but almost all are).

There are several steps that you need to do, and sadly two of them are not accessible so you will need a sighted colleague, but they are all "do it once, work always on that computer".

I will detail all the steps in a blog, but the short form is:
1.  Create an account on Wikipedia (inaccessible captcha).
2.  In preferences, appearances, at the bottom click on "MathJax (experimental; best for most browsers)"
3.  Click "save" at the bottom.
4.  Go to a Wikipedia page with math on it.  Right click on an equation, choose math renderer as MathML.  This is inaccessible.
5.  You will now hear the math spoken.  Based on some feedback, be aware that JAWS seems to wait for MathJax to render all the math, and this might mean a 10 second pause or more before hearing anything on the page.  Some people have thought JAWS died.  Be patient!

Good luck,

Neil Soiffer
Senior Scientist
Design Science, Inc.
www.dessci.com
~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, Equation Editor ~

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM, GianniP46 <giannip46 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was on wikipedia looking up some stuff and was having difficulty
> reading equations with Jaws.  It seams like there is some sort of
> syntax
they use.
>  For example, I tried to look up Heron's formula, but couldn't make
> any sense of it.
>
> Also, I was looking at completing the square and I was having
> difficulty with some of that syntax as well.  Is it a specific syntax
> they are using that I should learn?  anyone have any info on it?
>
>
> Gian Carlo Pedulla
> GianniP46 at earthlink.net
>
> LETS! GO! METS!
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