At the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference last week one the largest textbook publishers, Pearson, announced that they are going to produce "HTMLbooks"and that HTMLbooks would make use of MathML for mathematical content! Even better, this is not some "special ed" versi
ATIA was last week and there were many exciting announcements that were made there. The three that that I want to highlight involve new math support in products. DAISY is the common theme for all of the products.
Right before ATIA (one of the biggest conferences related to Assistive Technology), the NIMAS Implementation Advisory Council met and considered a host of issues. One of them was an issue that has been simmering for the last year: making MathML the required way to add math to a NIMAS document.
At the ATIA 2009 Conference (Assistive Technologies Industry Association) we announced the release of the MathDaisy beta, an add-on for the DAISY Consortium's DAISY Pipeline and Microsoft's Save As DAISY products, which were also announced as betas at ATIA.
CSUN is the biggest conference on accessibility, at least in the US if not the world. They claim over 4,000 people attend each year. This year, CSUN is March 16 - 21 in Los Angeles. They recently posted the schedule for talks.
It is an exciting time here at Design Science. At last week's Macworld Expo keynote, Apple's Phil Schiller announced that the new version of iWork '09 supports MathType. Since then, the buzz has been tremendous.
I'm excited that a paper I wrote with some MathML in DAISY committee colleagues (Dennis Leas, Emilia Persoon, and Michael Zacherle) has just been published in the Oct-Dec issue of IEEE Multimedia. The article is a nice overview (said with all due humility) to many aspects of DAISY, covering not only the technical aspects of DAISY books, but how they are produced, what they look like when played, and users' experiences reading them. It should come as no surprise to readers of this blog that the paper has an emphasis on putting math in DAISY books.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the first step towards making PDF math accessibility an ISO standard. I said that the international ISO meeting in Beijing was going to consider a proposal for including MathML tags into PDF (officially known as ISO 32000). This was a proposal that Design Science made to the PDF/UA committee, who approved it and sent it to the US ISO committee who also approved it.