# Creating Accessible Math and Science Materials Ron Stewart, Access Technology Instructor, HTCTU California Community Colleges Chair, AHEAD Instructional.

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Creating Accessible Math and Science Materials Ron Stewart, Access Technology Instructor, HTCTU California Community Colleges Chair, AHEAD Instructional Materials Accessibility Group

Math and Scientific Notation  Math and Symbology  Word’s built in equation editor  Scientific Notebook  MathType  TIGER Software Suite  Narrative Descriptions

Technologies for Math and Science  Scalable Vector Graphics  MathML  LaTEX  MathTalk  IVEO  Accessible Graphing Calculator  InftyReader and ChattyInfty

Getting Ready to Edit  Develop a standard archival process  Scan the book by Chapter  Save all file output types  Save File in proper format  600 DPI PDF for InftyReader  400 DPI Minimum but lower recognition quality

Getting Started  Standardize the font  Standardize the page layout  Pages numbers  Chapter and Section Headings  Comment Before and After  Sidenotes, Footnotes, and Endnotes  Number  Associate appropriately  Figures, Charts and Graphs  Description or Tactile?  Number  Associate appropriately  Remove all “soft” formatting

Descriptions or Tactiles  Decide the appropriate format  What is going to best convey the meaning  Enlarge, Describe or annotated Tactile  Complete Descriptions!  Include all relevant aspects  Forces  Directions  Significant Details

Required Graphicacy Skill Set  Identify characteristics/significant elements of image  Be able to use the language to discuss components of a graphic  Identify attributes of symbols used in graphic  Develop a system for  scanning graphic and key  searching for specific information Lucia Hasty, Rock Mountain Braille Associates

Tables, Problems and Theorems  Table content is left in the text  Tables maybe converted to text  Tab separate table elements  Restructure complex tables  Keep Material Connected  Theorems and Proofs  Problems and Solutions

Specialized Formatting  Standardize your procedures  Linerize all Notation  Automatic with MathML production  LaTEX natively linear presentation  Label appropriately  Additional notation only as specified  Quality Control

Editing In MathType  Use MathType Preference File  Standardize Spacing  Math Style  MathType does not always work  Tables need to be enlarged  Roman Numeral are problematic  Graphics are prepared separately and merged  Use Global Find/Replace for uniformity  Can be produced as DAISY or XHTML

Editing in Scientific Notebook  Total Editing Environment  Recommended solution for NEMETH  Tighter integration with Duxbury  Allows for production of graphics  Equations can easily be imported from MathType.

Editing for TIGER  Not Screen Reader Friendly  Produces DotsPlus Content  Requires a TIGER Embosser  Create using the Template  Use Tiger Font Sets  Create equations in MathType  TSS translates to TIGER format

Math Input Options  LaTeX  Keyboard Entry  ChattyInfty  MathTalk