- Volker Sorge, Dr, Progressive Accessibility Sol.
- Length of Session: 2-hr
- Format: Lab
- Expertise Level: Not provided
- Type of session: General Conference
We instruct on creating accessible math content from a variety of sources using exclusively free available open source tools. We concentrate on the generation of alternative document formats including speech and Braille suitable for web and ePubs. And we teach how to use assistive technology with the new MathJax version 3 library.
Providing accessible teaching material for Math is still often considered a challenging task in higher education. Following our 2016 workshop on the automatic transformation of math documents into web-accessible content, this lab aims to teach participants the new generation of open source tools based around MathJax v3. It will concentrate on
* How to automatically convert common input formats (LaTeX, Word, and Markdown) into alternative output formats containing Speech and Braille, in bulk rather than expression by expression.
* How MathJax's assistive technology extension can be employed to support students with visual impairments and dyslexia in accessing mathematical formulas including support for synchronized speech, Braille output, magnification and highlighting.
* How to tailor accessible content to individual needs by varying speech output and providing specialisation by subject areas like physics or computer science.
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Volker heads the Scientific Document Analysis Groups at Birmingham University and is Managing Director of Progressive Accessibility Solutions, a company concentrating on assistive technologies for STEM content. He is working primarily on mathematical document analysis, diagram and handwriting recognition. Practical applications of his research includes making scientific content accessible with a particular focus on Web technologies and eBooks. He has been working as a Visiting Scientist with Google on math integration into ChromeVox. He is a member of the MathJax consortium responsible for the integration of accessible rendering of mathematical formulas on the web and is working. With his startup company he is building accessibility solutions that exploit image recognition technology to generate accessible STEM diagrams.