[BlindMath] Multivariate Calculus and Screen Readers

Neil Soiffer soiffer at alum.mit.edu
Tue Dec 31 20:18:59 UTC 2019

MathPlayer has some subject area support. In particular, it has some
specialized rules for Calculus that will likely solve your problem. To
change the default settings, there is a windows control panel called
MathPlayer (open the control panel and in the search bar, type
"MathPlayer"). In the speech tab, there is a 'subject area' drop down list.
Choose "Calculus" from that.

Good luck,

Neil Soiffer

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 9:59 AM Mary Popish via BlindMath <
blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Hello all,
> We are working with a student who uses NVDA, MathType, and MathPlayer, and
> is taking multivariate calculus this term. We are running into a problem
> with how the screen reader handles cross products and dot products. (W [X]
> V and W [dot] V) Both of these read as "W multiplied by V." Does anyone
> have suggestions for how we can differentiate between these two? In
> general, any resources or support about linear algebra would be helpful.
> Any help or insight from folks who have worked with multivariate calculus
> would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for your help.
> All the best,
> Mary
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