[texhax] description of text in {\tt }

P. R. Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Tue Jan 27 21:08:06 CET 2009

>can you tell us, please, what kinds of documentation
>would you find helpful?  quite a few readers of this
>list are responsible for documentation, and maybe we
>(and others in turn) can benefit from your point of view.

Hello Barbara
Thanks for the explanation.

My favourite LaTeX documentation would contain more words describing 
the physical effect of the commands in specific packages. I 
appreciate that LaTeX is mainly concerned with the logical layout of 
the document, hence its appeal to a lot of blind people, however, for 
those of us who want to do more than typesetting articles it would be 
amply useful to have a visual perspective of the end result in PDF or 
DVI, the rationale being that we can then decide when and where to 
introduce that \tt, mbox or ... command.
This is a much more pressing problem with other more visual subsets 
of LaTeX such as the XY package. Currently, there is no accessible 
tool for producing mathematical drawings except XY. The only obstacle 
to it becoming the de facto typsetting tool for blind people is the 
lack of comprehensible tutorials with text that is independent of the 
visual illustrations.
I hope that gives you a clearer idea of the situation.
Please let me know if I can contribute towards the creation of more 
blind accessible documentation.

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