Automated production of Braille textbooks
July 18 to July 22, 2022
American Institute of Mathematics,
San Jose, California
and Michael Cantino
This workshop is intended to
extend the availability of mathematics textbooks in Braille to
students and professionals who are visually challenged. The goal
is to produce mathematical text accurately, inexpensively, and in
a timely manner by developing a user-friendly software workflow
using open-source software to automatically translate mathematical
text to Braille ready for embossing. Particular attention will be
given to the production of large formulas and tactile versions of
graphs and diagrams.
Specific goals for this workshop are:
- Accurate translation of both mathematics and literary text into Braille
including challenging objects like matrices, tables, and large formulas.
- Develop pathways towards automating the production of raised graphics.
- Create an easy and accessible workflow for both authors and end users.
- Envision a "path to market" for adoption by universities and publishers.
The workshop is appropriate for authors,
software developers, accessibility specialists, and members of the publishing
Material from the workshop
A list of participants.
A report on the workshop activities.