[Athen] Converting Math Books

Robert Spangler rspangler1 at udayton.edu
Tue Jan 23 13:09:16 PST 2018

Hello all:

Currently we have a textbook that we are editing and splitting into
chapters. It is an engineering book with many mathematical symbols

Our student workers use Abbyy FineReader for editing the books. Generally,
they will convert text by selecting it and choosing text, or selecting it
and choosing picture. It is easier to choose picture in a paragraph that
contains a lot of symbols; otherwise, they would have to go through and
convert all of the symbols as pictures. This, however, results in the
paragraph not being readable by TTS.

What do folks do for converting math and engineering books? Our students
use Read and Write for reading their books. I think, since most of them
have reading disabilities, they primarily use TTS for reading the text but
actually look at the math symbols when working out the problems. Is what
we are doing now sufficient? Is there actually a way to make Read and
Write read out the mathematical symbols? I understand that if this book
were being prepared for a blind person such as myself a lot more work would
be involved. We have not had to do this yet, but when we do I'm sure I'll
be depending a lot on the expertise of people on this list.

Thanks so much!

Robert Spangler
Disability Services Technical Support Specialist
rspangler1 at udayton.edu
Office of Learning Resources (OLR) - RL 023
Ryan C. Harris Learning & Teaching Center (LTC)
University of Dayton | 300 College Park | Dayton, Ohio 45469-1302
Phone: 937-229-2066
Fax: 937-229-3270
Ohio Relay: 711 (available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing)
Web Site: http://go.udayton.edu/learning
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