[Athen] Pandoc, EquatIO, Grind EQ, MathType

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Wed Aug 25 09:06:38 PDT 2021

Well, since I produce an awful lot of accessible math…

There is no way but the manual labor way, for the most part. It is possible with MathType to convert the LaTex into MathML, although I’ve not done that in several years and I believe there are some issues in doing it. MathType is a cumbersome process, but will produce the best output, and with html files, anyone can use them. Visually they can look as nice as a PDF, with a bit of work on the front end.

I do applaud the professor who is wanting to take this on.

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
Division of Student Affairs
T 303 735 4836

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Krista Greear
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 4:06 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Pandoc, EquatIO, Grind EQ, MathType

I met with a math professor who is authoring a Linear Algebra book and wants to make it available via OER. The book is already constructed in LaTeX (about 300 pages). The current plan is to distribute it as a PDF because it's visually appealing. But the professor is concerned about accessibility and is willing to change formats / do some reasonable amount of work to make it so.

That said, they have already looked at Pandoc and found it to be too complicated. MathType would require a lot of time to re-create each equation/expression (or even just copying/pasting the LaTeX into MathType). EquatIO is a similar story. No comments on Grind EQ's potential.

What are your best recommendations for this professor? What else am I missing?


Krista Greear
Accessibility and Inclusivity Crusader
ATHEN Executive Council Vice President
Access Technology Higher Education Network<https://athenpro.org/>
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