Mario Batusic, Klaus Miesenberger, Peter Heumader,
"MathInBraille Online Converter"
, in Gelderblom; Soede; Adriaens; Miesenberger: Everyday Technology for Independence and Care, Serie Assistive Technology Research Series, Vol. 29, IOS Press, Amsterdam, Seite(n) 632-639, 8-2011, ISBN: 9781607508137
MathInBraille Online Converter
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Everyday Technology for Independence and Care
In this short paper we will announce the targets and the way of acomplishing the tasks in a our current project ?MathInBraille?.
60 years since the inverntion of the computer and after 30 years of successful use of braille display and speech output there is still difficult for blind and visually impaired persons to access scientific or school books containig mathematical formulae. The main reason for these difficulties lie in the visual 2D character of the mathematical presentation that is in conflict with the linear nature of braille and speech output. The existence of many different, language bound mathematical braille codes is also a barrier for the universal braille access to science.
?MathInBraille? goes a step against this digital devide by offering an online portal for converting eDocuments with mathematical contents into braille and speech readable formats. The main addressees of the project are blind and visually impaired pupils, students and other persons interessted in school and/or scientific materials containing mathematics. The service will be free of charge, and no kind of personal user data will be collected.
The project is funded by the Austrian Internet Foundation (IPA) and will be carried out by the Institute Integriert Studieren of the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. Its duration is from February to October 2011.