Obstacles to accessible TeX: Thur 12 Aug 6:30 to 7:30pm UK time

Jonathan Fine jfine2358 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 19:06:53 CEST 2021


Aside: The TeX Hour on 26 August is of special interest to TeX Live.
Knuth's page description language DVI is a portable format, provided the
recipient has fonts that match the fontnames in the DVI file (and there are
no specials). Adobe's PDF portability follows from embedded fonts. The TeX
Hour on 26 August will focus on achieving similar portability for the
typesetting of TeX source files.

Summary: Obstacles to accessible TeX this Thursday 12 Aug, 6:30 to 7:30pm
UK time.
Links to 8 accessibility talks at recent TeX conference. Topics for TeX
Hour, to the end of August.

At the TeX Conference last weekend there were 8 talks that focussed on
accessibility. I think that's a record. The subject of the TeX Hour this
Thursday is "Obstacles to Accessible TeX". This includes technical, social
and human problems. Sharing experience and a fair partnership between blind
and sighted are crucial for avoiding and removing obstacles.

One of the talks is a 30 minute conversation between Jonathan Godfrey and
Jana Schroeder,  both of whom are blind. I had the honor of facilitating
this conversation.  Even if you don't go to the TeX Hour, I think it's well
worth listening to. It's available at

Here are the TeX Hour details:

Date and time: Thursday 12 August, 6.30 to 7.30pm UK time.
UK time now: https://time.is/UK.
Zoom URL:
Meeting ID: 785 5125 5396
Passcode: knuth

The URLs of all 8 talks are below, in the Appendix. I particularly
recommend the talk on tactile mathematics by Kolesnikov, Maneki, Cantino,
Beezer, and Volker Sorge

TeX Hours are always Thursday 6:30 to 7:30pm UK time. Future TeX Hours are
Thursday 19 Aug: XML to TeX to PDF - when PDF is one of many rendering of
Thursday 26 Aug: Portable TeX Documents - reducing and resolving
dependencies of TeX source

with best regards


Appendix: Links to the 8 accessibility talks at 2021 TeX Conference

Andreas Papasalouros & Antonis Tsolomitis
latex2nemeth: A direct LaTeX-to-Braille Transcribing Tool

Ulrike Fischer
On the road to tagged PDF: about StructElem, Marked Content, PDF/A and
squeezed Bärs

Frank Mittelbach
Taming the beast — Advances in paragraph tagging with pdfTeX and XeTeX

Jana Schroeder and Jonathan Godfrey ( host Jonathan Fine)
Code and math in the dark

Keiran Harcombe & Boris Veytsman
Creating TeXLive VPAT statement

Alexei Kolesnikov, Al Maneki, Michael Cantino, Rob Beezer, Volker Sorge
Tactile mathematics: Enabling Sighted and Blind People to Share
Mathematical Experience

Michael Nolan, Dr. Todd Pagano, Suhas Chikkanaravangala Vijayakumar, Rahul
Publishing for all: Using LaTeX to help improve the accessibility of an
open-access journal
[This talk is split over 2 URLs.]

Ross Moore & Tom Price
Accessible research reports; case study, including acronyms and glossaries
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