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Re: Greetings and questions



All

This seems like a sensible point to mention a project I'm working on,
LaTeX-access:
http://latex-access.sourceforge.net

The idea for this came in part from Dr Raman's aster project. Basically,
the project consists of a set of python scripts which translate a line
of LaTeX code into nemeth braille and english speech. I find this helps
grately when doing lots of mathematical work, as fractions etc in LaTeX
are very tedious to listen to.  Currently there is only integration with
jaws under windows, but I'm very keen to move into linux.  

My knowledge of emacs lisp is nonexistant and I don't currently have the
time to seriously learn it, so I won't be able to experiment with
emacspeak integration in the near future.  However, if any list member
with the necessary lisp skills is interested, I'd be very happy to work
with you to see what can be done.  



Alastair Irving

-----Original Message-----
From: Kalyan Mukherjea [mailto:kalyan.infinity@gmail.com] 
Sent: 10 November 2007 06:44
To: Zachary Kline
Cc: emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu
Subject: Greetings and questions


Hi Zack,

As far as I know Aster was a system which rendered Math rendered in
LaTeX  into speech using a hardware speech synth. I read a web article
on this (written by one of the faculty members at Cornell where Raman
did his doctorate) and I think that some though not all of its features
have been incorporated into Emacspeak.

I seem to have the impression that Aster received a LaTeX file as input
and produced an audio output file.

I myself use Emacspeak all the time since I am a blind  and retired math
Professor. Using Emacspeak + AAucTeX I have written 300 page textbooks
of math and I am sure that 
to satisfy your  professors at Korvallis   you need to only worry
about the mathematical aspects of what you are presenting. Emacspeak
(even with a software synth which does not accomodate voice locking) is
powerful enough to produce perfectly executed  LaTeX documents. 
What I mean is that the LaTeXnique can  be perfect; the math could, of
cours, still be refutable!

If you wish to get further tips on how to customize Emacspeak for math
and my private cheat codes for tracking down and eliminating LaTeX
errors, write to me offlist since what I will have to say is not really
pertinent to Emacspeak.

Cheers.
Kalyan 

Zachary Kline writes:

 > however I've also heard of ASSTR, which Mr. Raman developed for his
PHD.  > Is this integrated into Emacspeak at all?  Or is support for
MathML or 
 > other such formats possible, if not already done?
 > Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
 > All the best, and good to be back,
 > Zack.
 > 
 >
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