[BlindMath] Your experience of learning LaTeX

nspohn0 at gmail.com nspohn0 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 14:38:14 UTC 2020

Hi Jonathan,

My TVI taught me the bare basics of LaTeX in my senior year of high school.
I became legally blind during my freshman year of high school. I currently
am a freshman at Penn State University. I use LaTeX for Calculus I and my
chemistry lecture/lab courses. There are some things I had to teach myself.
If you have any other questions for me please do not hesitate to ask.

Nic Spohn

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I hope you're keeping safe and well. I'd appreciate comments on your
experience of learning latex, and any advice you can give to make things go

Below are three recent URLs, all new this year. The first two take different
approaches to improving the online learning experience. The third is the
video of a talk at this year's TeX User's Group conference, which focussed
on exploring the user experience for sighted users.

Here are the URLs. (Disclaimer, I'm the author of the last two.)

1. https://www.learnlatex.org/en/lesson-03
2. https://jfine2358.github.io/post/2020/01/01/latex-type-tutor/
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNpOLBMeVBo

I've some background, from working at the UK's Open University as a LaTeX
expert, in accessibility problems and solutions. I've been told many times
that the earlier accessibility is addressed, the better and cheaper the
solution. And I know that visual impairment is not one thing, the same for

I'm interested in all responses, even if not related to the URLs above.
I'll make some effort afterwards to summarize and disseminate what you say.

with best regards

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