[BlindMath] Eq To LaTeX, a new math translation program using MathPix

Bert Van Landeghem b.vanlandeghem at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed Jul 5 23:47:47 UTC 2023

Dear Amanda,

When I click the link you provided us, I get the message "page not found".

Kind regards,

On Thu, 6 Jul 2023 at 00:26, Amanda Lacy via BlindMath <blindmath at nfbnet.org>

> I'm writing to this list because I could use your help improving a new
> math access tool.
> I recently tried to use MathPix to read some math homework, and was
> completely unsuccessful. The Mac version had unlabeled buttons, and the web
> version also had accessibility problems. When I contacted MathPix they
> responded, but I don't think they ever fixed anything. I was unable to use
> this software at all as a blind student.
> So, I convinced a team of senior software engineering undergrads to take
> on math translation as their capstone project. The resulting Python
> software, Eq To LaTeX (https://github.com/TOneal419/Eq_to_LaTeX),  uses
> MathPix to translate PDF files into LaTeX, and attempts to simplify the
> LaTeX equations to make them easier to read. Importantly, the software is
> fully accessible and easy to use on Windows machines (I tested it).
> I notice that if I were to uncomment just one line of code, the program
> would also output the original LaTeX file. This would be extremely useful,
> since that way we could translate the LaTeX to any other format we wanted.
> The simplified LaTeX that the students chose is sort of English-like, which
> is not necessarily what you want if your goal is to translate to Nemeth or
> some other code. I tried rebuilding the software myself, but it requires a
> file with an API key for MathPix. I could use experienced help in fixing
> this small problem so then we could have an accessible roseta stone for
> math. If you think you can help, please join/clone, and let me know.
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