[Athen] Math Content for PhD Student

Wink Harner foreigntype at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 12:40:04 PDT 2015

Marcie, et al ATHENites,

Math Type does the best (IMHO) converting to math ml -in any case, it is
somewhat simpler and easier to use than Scientific Notebook. There is a good
math beta version of NVDA (screen reader) which works well with text files
retyped with MATHTYPE and using Design Science's Math Player.

Run the PDF book file through OCR using ABBYY Fine Reader. ABBYY has a
better recognition for complex math, science and foreign languages than
other OCR programs. Get a grad student or a student worker who has taken
statistics to then retype the equations into the OCR converted text you've
created. Save the file(s). (most cost effective). You may also consider
buying or sending the alt text out to someone using INFINTY READER, the OCR
software for math. (not as cost effective as doing it in house or even
hiring out to an alt-text production company that knows how to produce
mathtype/mathplayer/NVDA files).

The student needs to have NVDA math beta version, MathType (costs) and
MathPlayer (does not cost) loaded on their computer. The NVDA commands work
similarly to JAWS. You can download a keystroke file of the NVDA commands.
Here are the links:

1. MathType: https://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/

2. MathPlayer 4, public beta version:
logo find the link on this page and download. It's free!

3. NVDA math beta version link is on the same page as the MathPlayer
(see above).

4. Here is a link via WebAIM for the NVDA keyboard shortcuts:

The charts, graphs and illustrations can be done by importing these images
into Adobe Illustrator, clean up and label, then send to a raised line
embosser or print them and have a student worker use a puff pen to outline.

Hope this is helpful and somewhat useful. If others have additional
information or suggestions, please chime in!



Wink Harner

Adaptive Technology Consulting & Training

Alternative Text & Media Production

The Foreigntype

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On
Behalf Of Dimac, Marcie
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 10:04 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network (athen-list at u.washington.edu)
Subject: [Athen] Math Content for PhD Student

Afternoon all,

I sent out something about a week ago and got no replies so I'd like to try
again in hopes that someone out there can help us!

Situation: We have a doctoral candidate student, blind, JAWS user, who does
not read Braille. The student is registered for a doctoral level
quantitative statistics course and the book is available in PDF format but
is about 50% equations and mathematical problems and 50% text content. We
are trying to determine the best way to deliver the mathematical content to
the student.

We have tried editing the math content in Scientific Notebook, but it then
has to be exported to xhtml and we are finding that only JAWS 16 truly
supports MathML (the student is on version 14).

We cannot Braille the figures or equations as this student does not read

Question: What is the best way to deliver the content to this student? We
have spoken with the student and he is comfortable with us either properly
formatting the current math content (Using SN or MathType) so he can listen
to the content with JAWS or turning all mathematical content into textual
content (i.e. would be written as "X sub one").

Does anyone have any recommendations/best practices for

1. A program to properly format mathematical content for JAWS

2. The concept of turning mathematical content into textual content

Any advice is welcomed.

Thanks, as always!

Marcie Anne Dimac, M.A. Ed.

Coordinator, Assistive Technology

Student Accessibility Services

DeWeese Health Center, Room 23

Kent, Ohio 44242

Email: mdimac at kent.edu

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