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Hi All!

I am Chris Weaver, Program Coordinator for Mathematics Accessible to

Visually Impaired Students (MAVIS). We develop math access software which

allows sighted teachers to generate braille math. We have nearly

completed a Nemeth code generator which accepts print math from a

word processor called Scientific Notebook as input. We have licensed it to

Duxbury Systems and it will be incorporated in near-future generations of

Duxbury.

We also develop stuff that would allow a blind student to respond

mathematically in print. This stuff is quite immature at this stage,

however, and we would like any input from blind students who have

taken/have to take math. We want to do it right!

If you are interested in helping us, we need to test two projects in the

near future. The first theoretically allows you to type in a Nemeth code

expression and get a LaTeX script out. LaTeX is the language that

Scientific Notebook, the math word processor reads and writes. Then all

you would need to do to get the expression printed is just print it from

Scientific Notebook. Unfortunately, It can only do one expression at a

time, and you have to get it right the first time or it will spend a lot

of time trying to figure if it can be translated or not. We should be

issuing alpha copies of it soon.

The second project is audio access to mathematics. We are building an

audio browser for computer mathematics.

This will be a huge improvement on

humans trying to read math because a computer's representation of the

math is not ambiguous. That is, there is no reason why a computer should

even be able to read math so that it could be interpreted in more ways

than one. Nevertheless, math read like it is represented in a

computer can be confusing because there is so much important

information coming so fast. We believe that, by using musical notes

or other non-verbal sounds, we can make this information more

navigable. But, we still need your help to guarantee that the amount of

information given in any one time is not so much that it is not useful.

We want audio math to be not only useful for navigation but

also understandable at every point. It is my hope that an audio browser

like this could be implemented as an interface to a math word processor

which outputs pretty print. As we all know, teachers who don't have to

do extra work to read homework are much more generous when grading.

Besides, I don't think an employer that expects a mathematical report

would even glance at anything other than publishable print.

If you would like to help us, we are doing human subjects trials with

audio math currently. We want to find out for definite what our limits

are. We need volunteers to try reading sample audio math to see if the

presentation is any good. If you are interested, please e-mail me. Also,

if you know anybody else who would be interested, please let me know how I

can get in contact with them.

If you want any other information about our project please grill me over

e-mail or visit our website at www.nmsu.edu/~mavis

Thanks!

Chris Weaver

Program Coordinator

Mathematics Accessible to Visually Impaired Students (MAVIS)

New Mexico State University

(505)-646-2664

chrweave@nmsu.edu

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