[Blindmath] IOS7 and math support

Andrew Stacey andrew.stacey at math.ntnu.no
Sun Oct 6 20:40:33 UTC 2013


They are available publicly but are very definitely in "alpha" stage.  They
work for me, and a few others have been using them, but there are still lots
of things that need ironing out.

As it is "alpha", it is not yet on CTAN.  I maintain it as a git repository on
github:

https://github.com/loopspace/latex-to-internet

(Is github accessible?  If not, I could make it available in other ways.)

When producing MathML, it currently uses the itex2mml program for actually
generating the MathML - at some point I intend removing this dependency.

Andrew

On Sun, Oct 06, 2013 at 03:30:39PM -0500, Kevin Fjelsted wrote:
> Andrew;
> Are these Latex to ePub conversion classes Latex packages?
> Are they available publicly for other's to use?
> -Kevin
> 
> On Oct 6, 2013, at 3:05 PM, Andrew Stacey <andrew.stacey at math.ntnu.no> wrote:
> 
> > I have some ePub3s with MathML in them if anyone would like to use them to try
> > out iBooks' accessibility.
> > 
> > This one is quite long, and the maths is graduate-level:
> > 
> > http://www.math.ntnu.no/~stacey/documents/diffloop.epub
> > 
> > This one is about quaternions (aimed at graphical programmers):
> > 
> > http://www.math.ntnu.no/~stacey/documents/Quaternion.epub
> > 
> > This one is about shaders in OpenGL programming (but still has some maths in
> > it):
> > 
> > http://www.math.ntnu.no/~stacey/documents/Shaders.epub
> > 
> > I create these from LaTeX source using a class that I've developed for
> > converting LaTeX documents into XHTML or ePub3 so I can make webpages, PDFs,
> > and ePub3s from the same source code.  The fact that iBooks has (some) support
> > for MathML was one of the reasons why I developed this.
> > 
> > Andrew Stacey
> > 
> > On Sat, Oct 05, 2013 at 08:08:40PM +0100, Michael Whapples wrote:
> >> If you have an ePub with MathML, then I believe you can just load
> >> that into IBooks. Load it into IBooks either by using iTunes data
> >> sharing or may be simpler attach it to an email and send it to
> >> yourself, and open the attachment using the IOS device and use the
> >> button for "Open in IBooks".
> >> 
> >> Unfortunately I do not have an ePub with MathML content to try this,
> >> but I do hope that the math support extends to IBooks and that
> >> authors do use MathML when inserting math into ePub files.
> >> 
> >> Michael Whapples
> >> On 05/10/2013 19:47, Kevin Fjelsted wrote:
> >>> Are there any iBook EPub applications that we can see as samples for Nemeth presentation on IOS?
> >>> 
> >>> -Kevin
> >>> 
> >>> On Oct 5, 2013, at 1:13 PM, Ed Summers <Ed.Summers at sas.com> wrote:
> >>> 
> >>>> Neil, The math on that page did not display correctly on my iPad running iOS 7.0.2.
> >>>> 
> >>>> I believe iOS7 does a good job with presentation MathML in Safari and iBooks. Check out this very simple test page from W3C:
> >>>> http://www.w3.org/Math/XSL/pmathml2.xml
> >>>> 
> >>>> There are a few features of this new support that should be noted:
> >>>> 
> >>>> It is a multimodal experience that supports Nemeth, spoken math, and  support for low vision users. This support is tightly integrated so a user can read with their fingers, eyes and ears at the same time. I think there are two very powerful consequences:
> >>>> 1 - it is an easy way to learn Nemeth code.
> >>>> 2 - it is a nice way for a sighted general ed math teacher to work with students with visual impairments, i.e. the general ed math teacher does not have to know the Nemeth code.
> >>>> 
> >>>> To see this behavior in action:
> >>>> Turn on Voiceover on your iOS device.
> >>>> Connect a braille display.
> >>>> Open the url above in Safari.
> >>>> Move the VO cursor to an equation on that page.
> >>>> Observe that VO reads the equation using speech and displays it on the braille display.
> >>>> Play with the rotor and note that you can read the equation by symbol, small expresions, large expressions, etc.
> >>>> Activate the equation with a double tap, 3-6-chord, etc and view the equation in full screen mode.
> >>>> Move through the equation using the VO cursor and drill down on an expression or term to view it alone in full screen mode.
> >>>> 
> >>>> Best,
> >>>> Ed
> >>>> Sent from my iPad
> >>>> 
> >>>> On Oct 5, 2013, at 11:47 AM, "Neil Soiffer" <NeilS at dessci.com<mailto:NeilS at dessci.com>> wrote:
> >>>> 
> >>>> If you want some simple math to try out, take a look at the site
> >>>> onemathematicalcat.org<http://onemathematicalcat.org>.  It has alg 1, alg 2, and geometry.  Susan said she
> >>>> had problems there but she had IOS 7 problems.  Hopefully others will have
> >>>> more success.  Here's a sample page with some simple fractions and powers:
> >>>> http://www.onemathematicalcat.org/algebra_book/online_problems/el_recip.htm
> >>>> 
> >>>> Neil Soiffer
> >>>> Senior Scientist
> >>>> Design Science, Inc.
> >>>> www.dessci.com<http://www.dessci.com>
> >>>> ~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, MathDaisy, Equation Editor ~
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