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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>If you are a regular reader of this blog, or our Making Math Accessible blog, you may have noticed some recent changes. We've updated our blogging platform so that we can provide better options for our readers. The new platform utilizes a responsive design, so if you like to read our posts on your mobile device, tablet, or desktop, the site adapts to optimize the reading experience.</p>
<p>As part of our commitment to making math accessible we've also combined our accessible math content with this blog so that an even larger audience will be exposed to the challenges, advancements, and legislation around math accessibility.</p>
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</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div></div></div>Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:24:53 +0000Lary Stucker1801 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/our-new-mobile-friendly-blog#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/our-new-mobile-friendly-blogNew release of Microsoft Office for iPad improves appearance of equations
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Microsoft recently released an update to their free apps for iPad – Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. If you're working with MathType in Microsoft Office on your computer and need to read, project, or present this information using your iPad, it's now possible with Word for iPad and its siblings.</p>
<table align="center" style="font-family: 'lucida grande', helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"> <a class="asset-img-link" href="http://designscience.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f0d27e2883401a511f65d3d970c-popup" style="color: rgb(25, 47, 115); display: inline;"><img alt="equations display nicely in Word 1.1 for iPad" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00e54f0d27e2883401a511f65d3d970c img-responsive" src="http://designscience.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f0d27e2883401a511f65d3d970c-500wi" style="border-width: 0px;" title="Elastic_solids" /></a></td>
</tr><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 0.8em;"><em>Excerpt from </em>Elastic Solids<em>, by Carl T. Herakovich, University of Virginia; used by permission.</em></span></td>
</tr></tbody></table><p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The document above was created in Word 2013 and displayed in Word 1.1 for iPad. The equations display well, but for now you can only edit them on a Windows or Mac computer. If equations are not displaying properly in your iPad documents, we recommend upgrading to this latest version of the apps: Word 1.1 for iPad, etc.</p>
<p style="margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Check out our website for more information about using <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/MathType/works_with.asp#%21target=microsoft_office_ipad" style="color: rgb(25, 47, 115);" target="_blank">MathType with Microsoft Office on computers and iPads</a>.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathType</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Events</a></div></div></div>Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000Bob Mathews1791 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/new-release-microsoft-office-ipad-improves-appearance-equations#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/new-release-microsoft-office-ipad-improves-appearance-equationsMathML panel at Balisage 2014
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Next week at the <a href="http://www.balisage.net/" style="color: rgb(25, 47, 115);" target="_self" title="Balisage Conference">Balisage conference</a> I'm going to be part of a panel on MathML that includes Scott Dineen (Optical Society of America), Alexander Miłowski (University of Edinburgh), and Kennett Rawson (IEEE). We'll be discussing MathML in some depth, covering topics including authoring, web browsing, ebooks, accessibility, conversion, and proofreading. The panel is Wednesday Aug 6, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.</p>
<p>Balisage is a technical conference about markup and all those related technologies that are used for structuring information. The conference is August 5 - 8, 2014 in Washington, DC, USA. Balisage attendees include many of the people who write and maintain the specifications on which XML depends, design the commonly-used schemas, and implement the tools XML systems depend on. Together with the XML power users and consultants who also attend Balisage regularly, they exchange ideas and fuel the next wave of XML-related innovations.</p>
<p>Autumn Cuellar will also be at Balisage this year, so if you're attending, let's talk about MathML! If you're not attending, but want to know more about how <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow" style="color: rgb(25, 47, 115);" target="_self" title="MathFlow">MathFlow</a> can make it easier to get MathML into your content, <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/mf_contact.htm" target="_self" title="Contact">let us know</a>.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Events</a></div></div></div>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000Lauren Wood1781 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathml-panel-balisage-2014#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathml-panel-balisage-2014EASI Webinar: Using accessible mathematics eText in the classroom -- June 17, 2014
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><em>Steve Noble, Accessibility Research Consultant (Guest Author)</em></p>
<p>Next week I'll be presenting a webinar hosted by EASI--<a href="http://easi.cc/" rel="nofollow">Equal Access to Software and Information</a>. I'll be discussing the results of two research studies where middle-school students with learning disabilities used eText containing MathML with assistive technology. Using MathML, students were able to use the same assistive technology in math class as they did for all their other subjects. Furthermore, these studies indicated improved academic performance in mathematics for students using digital instructional materials created with MathML.</p>
<p>The webinar will be held on Tuesday June 17 at 11:00am Pacific time (2:00pm Eastern). To register for this free webinar, go to <a href="http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#june" rel="nofollow">http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#june</a> and click on the link for the June 17 webinar.</p>
<p>For some helpful suggestions on how to get accessible math materials for use by students at your school, please see <em> <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/solutions/access/mathadvocacy.htm" rel="nofollow">What can you do to help promote math accessibility?</a></em></p>
<p><em><a href="http://louisville.academia.edu/SteveNoble" rel="nofollow">Steve Noble</a> is a research consultant with a core focus in mathematics accessibility and assistive technology, and served as a researcher for the University of Kentucky's MeTRC research project. Currently he continues to serve on grant-funded research projects with both Bridge Multimedia and ETS, and previously served as Director of Accessibility Policy for Design Science.</em></p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/81" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Events</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div></div></div>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:50:34 +0000Steve Noble1 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/easi-webinar-using-accessible-mathematics-etext-classroom-june-17-2014#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/easi-webinar-using-accessible-mathematics-etext-classroom-june-17-2014De Gruyter commits to EPUB 3 format for all new ebooks
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Academic publisher De Gruyter has <a href="http://www.degruyter.com/dg/newsitem/101/alle-de-gruytertitel-ab-2014-als-epub3-verfgbar-publisher-partners-sind-beteiligt" rel="nofollow">announced</a> that they and their publishing partners will produce new ebooks in the EPUB 3 format. This follows closely on the heels of the recent <a href="http://news.dessci.com/2014/04/elsevier-commits-to-epub-3-format-for-all-new-ebooks.html" rel="nofollow">Elsevier EPUB 3 announcement</a> and confirms our belief that many more publishers are moving to EPUB 3. This is significant because, unlike proprietary ebook formats, EPUB is a public standard and version 3 requires MathML to be used for all mathematical equations in order to enable the math to be accessible, searchable, and interoperable. These announcements will likely motivate educators to adopt EPUB for their classroom materials. Also, scientists and engineers will start to appreciate the reflowable text of ebooks and this will hasten the end of their long love affair with PDF for scientific and technical papers.</p>
<p>These announcements by major academic publishers will also accelerate the development of EPUB support in authoring systems such as word processors and technical publishing tools. Since <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/MathType/" rel="nofollow">MathType</a> has been producing MathML for many years, it will be an important tool for authoring math intended for publication in EPUB 3 format. Many publishers are already using our <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/" rel="nofollow">MathFlow</a> tools to handle math in their ebook production workflows. Finally, <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/" rel="nofollow">MathPlayer's math-to-speech functionality</a> will be used to make math in ebooks accessible to people with print and learning disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and dyslexia.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/151" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EPUB</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div></div></div>Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:54:00 +0000Lary Stucker11 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/de-gruyter-commits-epub-3-format-all-new-ebooks#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/de-gruyter-commits-epub-3-format-all-new-ebooksWhat if no one could read your equations?
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Whether you're a math teacher preparing an algebra worksheet for your class, an engineer preparing the specs for a bowstring arch bridge, or an economist preparing an annual report, the equations in your work are pretty important. What if instead of seeing a beautifully rendered equations that expressed the years of research and study, there was just a large blank space in your work? Sounds pretty bad doesn't it?</p>
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="300"><tbody><tr><td valign="middle"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/black_bar.png" style="width: 129px; height: 25px;" /><br />
</td>
<td align="center" valign="middle"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">vs. </span></td>
<td><math><semantics><mrow><msqrt><mrow><msup><mi>a</mi><mn>2</mn></msup><mo>+</mo><msup><mi>b</mi><mn>2</mn></msup></mrow></msqrt></mrow></semantics></math></td>
</tr></tbody></table><p>Luckily for most of us that isn't the case, but today is <a href="http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/gaad.html" target="_self">Global Accessibility Awareness Day</a>. It's a day for all of us to stop and think about what digital life would be like for people with disabilities.</p>
<h2>Accessible math is easier thank you think</h2>
<p>At Design Science, our focus is on products that help people write and view math. However, we want to help everyone, not just those who can see math. To that end, we've been involved in standards efforts and developed free products such as MathPlayer to improve math accessibility.</p>
<p>We hope you'll take a moment today to join us in thinking beyond what your work looks like to someone with vision -- think about how that content can be made useful to everyone. If you have math in your content, making it accessible is easier than you think. Visit our <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/solutions/access/accessibilityfeatures.htm" rel="nofollow">Making Math Accessible</a> page to find out what is needed to make your math content fully accessible.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div></div></div>Thu, 15 May 2014 22:17:13 +0000Lary Stucker41 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/what-if-no-one-could-read-your-equations#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/what-if-no-one-could-read-your-equationsMathML from Word in DITA For Publishers
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><em>Below is a guest post from Eliot Kimber, the main developer of DITA for Publishers. <a href="http://docs.oasis-open.org/dita/v1.2/os/spec/DITA1.2-spec.html" rel="nofollow">DITA</a> is an XML standard for documents, well known for its architecture, which promotes modularization and re-use of content.</em></p>
<p>The <a href="http://dita4publishers.sourceforge.net" target="_self">DITA for Publishers (D4P) project</a> provides a general Microsoft Word to DITA transformation framework. This framework makes it relatively easy to generate DITA documents from styled Word documents.</p>
<p>Upcoming D4P release 0.9.19 includes support for getting MathML from Word documents where the MathML equations are stored as text content as generated by the MathType plugin from MathType equations.</p>
<p>This makes it easy for you to use MathType in Word and produce DITA documents that include the equations as MathML markup, rather than as images. You can then use the MathML support in XML editors, such as OxygenXML's integration with <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/default.htm" rel="nofollow">MathFlow</a>, to edit the equations in the DITA source.</p>
<p>The DITA for Publishers project includes a domain for including inline MathML in DITA content. In addition, DITA 1.3 will include a standard domain for including MathML, either inline or by reference to separate XML documents.</p>
<h2>Generating DITA with MathML from Word Documents</h2>
<p>To get your MathML into your DITA from Word, you need to set up the Word-to-DITA style to tag mapping with the details of the tagging to use for the MathML. You must specify the name of the element to contain the <m:math> element and, optionally, a parent container that represents the equation the MathML produces.</p>
<p>When you convert MathType equations into MathML in the Word document, the MathML goes into text with the character style name "MTConvertedEquation". The D4P Word-to-DITA transform treats each converted equation as a single paragraph with the paragraph style "MTConvertedEquation", where the paragraph contains a single <mathml> element.</p>
<p>You can then use this style name in your style-to-tag map to put the appropriate wrappers around the MathML markup.</p>
<p>For example, to use the D4P markup, you would create a style map entry like this:</p>
<pre>
<style
styleName="MTConvertedEquation"
containerType="d4p_display-equation"
tagName="d4p_MathML"
level="1"
structureType="block"
topicZone="body"
/></pre><p>Which will result in markup like this:</p>
<pre>
<d4p_display-equation>
<d4p_MathML>
<m:math xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" display="block">
<m:semantics>
<m:mrow>
<m:mfrac>
<m:mrow>
<m:mi>d</m:mi>
<m:mi>x</m:mi>
</m:mrow>
<m:mrow>
<m:mi>d</m:mi>
<m:mi>t</m:mi>
</m:mrow>
</m:mfrac>
<m:mo>=</m:mo>
<m:mi>J</m:mi>
<m:mo>.</m:mo>
<m:mi>X</m:mi>
<m:mo stretchy="false">(</m:mo>
<m:mi>t</m:mi>
<m:mo stretchy="false">)</m:mo>
</m:mrow>
</m:semantics>
</m:math>
</d4p_MathML>
</d4p_display-equation></pre><p>To generate the DITA 1.3 markup you would use this style mapping:</p>
<pre>
<style
styleName="MTConvertedEquation"
containerType="equation-block"
tagName="mathml"
level="1"
structureType="block"
topicZone="body"
/></pre><p>Which would produce this markup:</p>
<pre>
<equation-block>
<mathml>
<m:math display='block'>
<m:semantics>
<m:mrow>
<m:mfrac>
<m:mrow>
<m:mo>&#x2212;</m:mo><m:mi>b</m:mi><m:mo>&#x00B1;</m:mo><m:msqrt>
<m:mrow>
<m:msup>
<m:mi>b</m:mi>
<m:mn>2</m:mn>
</m:msup>
<m:mo>&#x2212;</m:mo><m:mn>4</m:mn><m:mi>a</m:mi><m:mi>c</m:mi>
</m:mrow>
</m:msqrt>
</m:mrow>
<m:mrow>
<m:mn>2</m:mn><m:mi>a</m:mi>
</m:mrow>
</m:mfrac>
</m:mrow>
</m:semantics>
</m:math>
</mathml>
</equation-block></pre><p>The support for MathML in the D4P Word-to-DITA transform is generic in that the MathML markup could come from any source. The transform is implemented as a two-phase process. The first phase generates an intermediate file (the "simple wordprocessing markup") file and the second phase converts the intermediate file into DITA using the style-to-tag mapping.</p>
<p>In the intermediate file the MathML is just normal MathML markup. This means that the MathML could come from other sources, such as from Word's built-in math markup language or from the MathType equations in other ways, once they are available. The D4P Word-to-DITA transform is completely extensible so if you needed to you could customize the MathML generation process in whatever way you required.</p>
<h2>Rendering MathML Using the DITA Open Toolkit</h2>
<p>Using the DITA Open Toolkit, you can render MathML to HTML and to PDF.</p>
<p>To render MathML to HTML, you can use the D4P math domain plugin to add MathML support to the base Open Toolkit HTML processing. The generated HTML can include references to the open-source MathJax Javascript library, which renders MathML in any Javascript-aware browser. The D4P math domain HTML plugin also supports both the D4P-provided MathML integration and equation elements as well as the DITA 1.3 MathML integration and equation elements (The D4P-specific MathML and equation domains will be made obsolete by DITA 1.3 and the MathML support currently in DITA for Publishers will be built in to a future version of the Open Toolkit).</p>
<p>To render MathML to PDF using the Open Toolkit you are dependent on the XSL-FO engine you use. Both Apache FOP and Antenna House XSL Formatter support direct rendering of MathML included in the FO file. FOP requires the separate JEuclid libraries (from the Apache JEuclid project). Antenna House's support is built in.</p>
<p>The RenderX XEP product does not provide direct rendering of MathML, so you would need to generate images or SVG from the equations and then reference those from the FO. This wouldn't be that hard to implement (e.g., using either the Design Science <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/mf_components.htm" rel="nofollow">MathFlow Document Composer</a> or the JEuclid library).</p>
<p><em>Eliot Kimber is an independent consultant at <a href="http://contrext.com/" rel="nofollow">Contrext Solutions</a> focusing on DITA information analysis, markup design, and system implementation for Publishers. Eliot is founding member of the DITA Technical Committee, a founding member of the W3C XML Working Group, a co-editor of ISO/IEC 10744:1997, HyTime 2nd Edition, and a participant in the development of many other SGML- and XML-related standards. Eliot is also the founder and main developer of the DITA for Publishers open-source project. When not creating new DITA specializations, Eliot likes to skateboard, study Aikido, and feed his flock of urban chickens.</em></p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/151" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EPUB</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div></div></div>Wed, 07 May 2014 19:07:09 +0000Lary Stucker21 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/mathml-word-dita-publishers#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/mathml-word-dita-publishersElsevier commits to EPUB 3 format for all new ebooks
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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Elsevier, the world's largest publishing company, has just <a href="http://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/corporate/elsevier-embraces-epub3-format,-ensuring-more-enriched-and-interactive-ebook-experience-for-readers" rel="nofollow">announced</a> that they are going to produce all new ebooks in the EPUB 3 format. This is significant because, unlike proprietary ebook formats, EPUB is a public standard and version 3 requires MathML to be used for all mathematical equations in order to enable the math to be accessible, searchable, and interoperable. We believe that many more publishers will follow Elsevier's lead in adopting EPUB 3 and it will also motivate educators to adopt EPUB for their classroom materials. Finally, scientists and engineers will start to appreciate the reflowable text of ebooks and this will hasten the end of their long love affair with PDF for scientific papers. Expect to see many more scientists at the beach or the coffee shop, mobile device in hand, catching up on their reading!</p>
<p>This announcement will also accelerate the development of EPUB support in authoring systems such as word processors and technical publishing tools. Since <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/MathType/" rel="nofollow">MathType</a> has been producing MathML for many years, it will be the tool of choice for authoring math intended for publication in EPUB 3 format. Many publishers are also using our <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathflow/" rel="nofollow">MathFlow</a> tools to handle math in their production workflows already. As more publishers move to producing EPUB 3, we expect this part of our business to grow rapidly. Finally, <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathplayer/" rel="nofollow">MathPlayer's math-to-speech functionality</a> will be used to make math in ebooks accessible to people with print and learning disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and dyslexia.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathFlow</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/121" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathPlayer</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathType</a></div></div></div>Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:22:00 +0000Paul Topping51 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/elsevier-commits-epub-3-format-all-new-ebooks#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/elsevier-commits-epub-3-format-all-new-ebooksIDPF launches EPUB information website
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/tLWdjZut_l0/idpf-launches-epub-information-website
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The International Digital Publishing Forum (<a href="http://idpf.org/" rel="nofollow">IDPF</a>) created a new website a couple of weeks ago, that looks to be a good resource for information about the EPUB standard that they created and maintain. It's at <a href="http://EPUBZone.org/" rel="nofollow">EPUBZone.org</a>. Even in the last couple of weeks they've updated it with news and a write-up of a recent seminar on using EPUB 3 as a platform to improve learning outcomes.</p>
<p>EPUB 3 is the latest version of EPUB, which is already a widely supported, publicly available standard for ebooks. The good thing about EPUB 3 from our perspective is that it includes both MathML and many more accessibility features than previous versions. That's because it's based on the new version of HTML that modern websites use. MathML support in ebooks makes mathematics accessible, searchable, and interoperable. With EPUB 3 it's easier to make all ebooks accessible, which helps authors and publishers meet government mandates on accessibility much more quickly and easily. There are many other features that eReaders are starting to support, which will make ebooks much more interactive in the future.</p>
<p>The EPUBzone website doesn't only have news articles, it also has articles on what EPUB 3 is, and how publishers can make best use of its features, including how best to include MathML and accessibility, as well as articles on ebook readers and publishing tools. We expect this to be a useful site to bookmark for reference.</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/151" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EPUB</a></div></div></div>Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:58:43 +0000Lauren Wood861 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/idpf-launches-epub-information-website#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/idpf-launches-epub-information-websiteNeil Soiffer recognized for his work to make math in PDF accessible
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DesignScienceNews/~3/rq7nujUfVl0/neil-soiffer-recognized-his-work-make-math-pdf-accessible
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>At their annual conference earlier this month in Orlando, The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) presented Design Science's Neil Soiffer with their <a href="http://www.aiim.org/About/Awards" rel="nofollow">Distinguished Service Award</a>. AIIM annually recognizes individuals whose service has benefited the advancement of enterprise content management (ECM) technology. That's just a fancy way of saying that standards development benefits us all, and that Neil's contributions to the <a href="http://pdf.editme.com/PDFUA" rel="nofollow">PDF/UA</a> project have been a great help in advancing PDF accessibility standards.</p>
<p>The PDF/UA standard is important to the accessibility of PDF documents because it establishes guidelines regarding what must be done to documents to make them accessible. Neil championed for accessible math from the start by demonstrating equations in PDF being read aloud by a screen reader as an early proof of concept. He has also been working on defining how equation information as <a href="http://www.w3.org/TR/MathML3/" rel="nofollow">MathML</a> should be structured within PDF. Once this structure is adopted as part of the PDF/UA standard, authoring tools will be able to write PDF documents that can be read aloud using assistive technologies. We anticipate that capability with the release of PDF/UA v2, which is expected a year from now. Other promising work already underway toward accessible PDFs is <a href="http://river-valley.tv/tex-mathml-for-tagged-pdf-the-next-frontier-in-mathematical-typesetting/" rel="nofollow">the "TeX+MathML for Tagged PDF" project</a>.</p>
<p>The reason the PDF/UA standard is becoming a reality is because of the work of math accessibility advocates like Neil Soiffer and others. Why not check out our <a href="http://www.dessci.com/en/solutions/access/mathadvocacy.htm" rel="nofollow">Math Accessibility Advocacy</a> page to see how you can become involved?</p>
</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Categories: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/accessible-math" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Accessible math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">MathML</a></div></div></div>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:51 +0000Lary Stucker871 at http://news.dessci.comhttp://news.dessci.com/neil-soiffer-recognized-his-work-make-math-pdf-accessible#commentshttp://news.dessci.com/neil-soiffer-recognized-his-work-make-math-pdf-accessible