I am looking for persons with experience in setting up maple for the blind. The setting is a 21-year old blind
student who wants to do math. He uses Mac OS/X and the built-in VoiceOver screen reader, plus refreshable Braille display (one-line), a Braille printer, and Nemeth, the Braille extension for math symbols.
Initially, we are working from no experience whatsoever, trying ideas, mostly failure. Getting some advice from persons who are blind and using maple would be wonderful. If anyone knows of an instance, a person who is blind and regularly uses maple, then we would both would be delighted to receive advice on what to install, how to set it up, and how to use maple on a daily basis.
One trouble for the VoiceOver screen reader is verbosity of maple output. Any methods to reduce the amount of output would be welcome. To uderstand the issue, look at the output of these two commands when interface(prettyprint=0) has been set to help out the VoiceOver screen reader:
The first outputs the same text, which VoiceOver will read accurately. The second dumps out two lines of extraneous and confusing information, only 20% of which is useful. The verbosity is not restricted to matrix packages linalg or LinearAlgebra. It is a problem wtih nearly all packages.
-Grant Gustafson, Salt Lake City, Univ of Utah Math Dept