[Blindmath] JAWS reading Math equations element by element

Brandon Keith Biggs brandonkeithbiggs at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 23:43:02 UTC 2016

Hello Karen,
I use python just for myself. It is the same language as notation and works
as a calculator when you run the math through the interpreter.
It also is super easy with just a few symbols and function names needing to
be memorized.

Brandon Keith Biggs <http://brandonkeithbiggs.com/>

On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 7:17 AM, Karen Sorensen via Blindmath <
blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Hi Steve and Khaleel,
> Steve, great explanation of what combination of AT, browser and add-on is
> necessary to read math.
> So what do you suggest the student use to write math? This is an issue that
> has confounded us. MathType isn't accessible for a screen reader user to
> write math with.
> Here are some ideas we have compiled (some from this listserv), but none
> are ideal:
>    - Talking graphing calculator - does it output what's written with the
>    calculator to the computer? Is it a complete solution? Probably not.
>    - Excel may be a viable solution in some cases, at least in Stats.
>    - ASCII code, but instructor has to agree to the code choices. An agreed
>    upon ASCII set would need to be defined.
>    - Braille display or Perkins brailler, but will probably need to be
>    converted to math that's readable by a sighted instructor
>    - LaTeX, but learning LaTeX is a commitment (you can also write LaTeX in
>    MathType, and therefore only have to write the math portion of LaTeX,
> not
>    the layout. It also is in a popular word doc format, but is difficult to
>    avoid errors (from John Gardner's post on math listserv. John is a
> former
>    physics instructor at Oregon State and the owner of ViewPlus in
> Corvallis,
>    OR)
>       - Other recommendations by John Gardner in Blindmath listserv post on
>       3-16-16 (words are John's not mine):
>          - "Use MathType and compose equations in LEAN. LEAN is something I
>          wrote myself, and it works extremely well in audio, but the
> current version
>          has bugs in the braille output. Write me if you'd like to
> join the beta
>          list and use it in audio. Much more compact than Latex - I
> find I can write
>          math faster than any sighted person using any computer
> application (but not
>          as fast as a person using a pencil yet. LEAN is free for blind
> users.
>          - Use ChattyInfty. Available from the Japanese Infty group at
>          their commercial web site:
>          http://www.sciaccess.net
>          Chatty works well and can output in several formats including MS
>          Word. But it is expensive."
>       - Pearson's accessible braille editor
>    <http://accessibility.pearson.com/mathex-app/>   tested with a
>    refreshable braille display and found it promising. There were some
> issues
>    with the display not refreshing until we navigated away from the page
> and
>    returned.
> Have any other ideas?
> Thank you!
> Karen
> Karen M. Sorensen
> Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
> www.pcc.edu/access
> Portland Community College
> 971-722-4720
> Twitter: @ksorensun
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