Welcome to the Accessible Equation Editor!
The need for high-quality braille materials is one of the most challenging obstacles faced by visually-impaired students, especially for mathematical content. Because most students who are blind use braille for math and scientific notation, they are often not able to share their work and interact in a timely and efficient manner with sighted instructors who are not braille readers. The lack of a timely and accurate solution for two-way translation between printed math and braille often prevents students who are blind from thriving in STEM subjects, and almost certainly has the effect of discouraging them from pursuing careers in STEM fields.
The Accessible Equation Editor (AEE) is a software solution that enables the immediate communication of mathematical content between blind students and their sighted teachers, parents, and peers. The AEE utilizes the W3C’s Content Math Markup Language as a core component for instantaneous, two-way translation between printed math and Nemeth code. With the AEE, dynamic Nemeth input from a braille device instantly appears in print on a screen. Conversely, dynamic math input from a QWERTY keyboard instantly appears in Nemeth on a refreshable braille device. This eliminates the long-standing translation barrier to STEM education and STEM fields for braille readers.
A student's perspective of the Equation Editor
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Accessible Equation Editor Demo