[BlindMath] Writing LaTeX equations in word with Jaws or NVDA

Neil Soiffer soiffer at alum.mit.edu
Thu Apr 16 17:43:55 UTC 2020

As a few people have said, MathType + MathPlayer + NVDA is a good
combination for what you want to do. MathType itself is not accessible, but
it has a feature that allows you to type TeX into a Word doc and with a
single keystroke, toggle between LaTeX math and MathType's nice display of
math. For a sighted person, you can see whether you typed the LaTeX
correctly or not when converted to MathType. Someone who is blind can't see
the equation, but MathPlayer+NVDA will speak the math so they can tell if
it is correct or not. If not, toggle back into LaTeX, try to fix it, then
toggle back to hear it spoken and/or read the Nemeth for it on a
refreshable braille display. It's not ideal. Better would be if MathType
itself were accessible, but it does seem to be a workable solution.

Neil Soiffer
(full disclosure: I worked on MathPlayer at Design Science, so I have my


On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 8:58 PM Nina S via BlindMath <blindmath at nfbnet.org>

> Hello there,
> I’m a blind person currently tutoring a blind high school student in
> accessible math. I’m used to writing all my math and layout in LaTeX and
> haven’t needed word for any of what I do, but since she typically uses word
> I wonder whether there are any accessible ways to render a math equation
> you’ve written in LaTeX syntax into a word document. I’ve looked into a few
> software options, and I see that Mathtype is the one NFB recommends, but I
> thought I’d ask here for recommendations on how to proceed.
> I’m also very curious in general how other people write their math for
> exams and alike, since I’ve never really been in a position where I need to
> find a good solution for another person. I am a data scientist by education
> and migrated to LaTeX because I like to only have to worry about logical
> form rather than visual form, but I’m having second thoughts on whether
> it’s the best idea to recommend this course to a high school student or
> whether the learning curve is too steep.
> As an addendum, I’m Danish and we typically aren’t very familiar with
> Nemeth braille notation.
> Thanks in advance,
> /Nina
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