Posted by Lary Stucker on Sep 15 2014
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.
Posted by Bob Mathews on Aug 14 2014
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.
Posted by Lauren Wood on Aug 01 2014
Next week at the Balisage conference 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.
Posted by Steve Noble on Jun 13 2014
Next week I'll be presenting a webinar hosted by EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information). 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.
Posted by Lary Stucker on Jun 06 2014
Academic publisher De Gruyter has announced that they and their publishing partners will produce new ebooks in the EPUB 3 format. This follows closely on the heels of the recent Elsevier EPUB 3 announcement and confirms our belief that many more publishers are moving to EPUB 3.
Posted by Lary Stucker on May 15 2014
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?
Posted by Lary Stucker on May 07 2014
Below is a guest post from Eliot Kimber, the main developer of DITA for Publishers. DITA is an XML standard for documents, well known for its architecture, which promotes modularization and re-use of content.
The DITA for Publishers (D4P) project provides a general Microsoft Word to DITA transformation framework. This framework makes it relatively easy to generate DITA documents from styled Word documents.
Posted by Paul Topping on Apr 25 2014
Elsevier, the world's largest publishing company, has just announced 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.
Posted by Lauren Wood on Apr 24 2014
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) 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 EPUBZone.org. 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.
Posted by Lary Stucker on Apr 17 2014
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 Distinguished Service Award. AIIM annually recognizes individuals whose service has benefited the advancement of enterprise content management (ECM) technology.