[nabs-l] questions about LaTeX and accessibility for blind people

sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
Wed Aug 4 09:47:31 UTC 2010


Hi again,
Here's the BlindMath Mailing list homepage.

http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blindmath_nfbnet.org

hth,
Sarah


Quoting sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca:

> Hi Joseph,
> You might want to direct your question to the Blind Math Mailing list;
> there are some LaTeX experts there and it's helped me a lot. I'll send
> the URL etc. once I find it again.
> Sarah
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> Quoting "Joseph C. Lininger" <jbahm at pcdesk.net>:
>
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>> Good evening folks,
>> The subject says it all. I'm exploring the use of the LaTeX typesetting
>> system. I can use it to generate math equations and the like, but if i
>> do so it's not accessible once I generate the final product. That's fine
>> as far as writing goes, since I have the source I know what it says.
>> However, I'd rather not contribute to the problems we already face where
>> blindness and access to this sort of information is concerned. So, can
>> anyone provide me with information on formatting these types of
>> documents so they're accessible? Can it even be done? Even making it so
>> the LaTeX source appears for the blind where the equations would go for
>> the sighted would be a good thing.
>>
>> Also, I've noticed that when using pdflatex from the texlive-latex
>> package under Linux, the resulting document appears to have one word per
>> line when read by Window-Eyes and adobe Acrobat. I can tell you visually
>> that it appears correctly on screen though. I see this as another
>> potential access problem. Any clue how to fix that? Using latex2rtf and
>> hevea for generating rtf and html result in documents that don't have
>> this property and can be read just fine, save for the problems with
>> equations which I've already discussed.
>>
>> If I had to, I could always provide LaTeX source along side what ever
>> other formats I offer for my own work. However, in the case of
>> publishing and that it may not always be an option to do so. So I'm
>> exploring my options. LaTeX is one that math and computer scientists
>> seem to use heavily, so that's the obvious choice if I can make it work.
>> - --
>> They say god has always been. Linux and I will now disprove that:
>> $ ar m God
>> ar: creating God
>> There you have it. God was created by the ar program. Good news is, God
>> really does exist!
>> Joseph C. Lininger, <jbahm at pcdesk.net>
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