Creating Hard Copy DotsPlus Braille Math Materials
Design Science MathType
can be used to produce
Braille math materials when using
Printers from ViewPlus. DotsPlus is a relatively new type of two dimensional
braille format especially designed to express complex mathematical equations.
DotsPlus Braille is commonly used by individuals who lose their
sight later in childhood or as an adult, and is relatively easy for new braille
users to master. Using MathType or MathPlayer to create DotsPlus Braille does
not require the use of braille translation software or the knowledge of braille
transcription techniques, and can be used by virtually anyone to create braille
instructional materials for blind students.
Creating DotsPlus Braille with MathType
By using Microsoft Word with MathType even faculty members, teaching assistants, or
student workers who know nothing about braille can author or convert extremely
complex scientific documents into DotsPlus Braille that can be embossed on the Tiger. By choosing the appropriate Tiger style in MathType, you can easily author
equations that will print properly on the Tiger. It is also easy to convert
equations in existing documents to a Tiger style, by simply selecting the
desired style and clicking the equation open and close afterwards.
Creating DotsPlus Braille with MathPlayer
Hard copy DotsPlus Braille can also be created when using Internet Explorer
plus MathPlayer to read web pages containing MathML equations. To do this, just
switch the font family to a Tiger font and the font size to 36pt. This can be
done via a style sheet change, either within the web document where the Tiger
font is specified only for printing, or for third-party websites by placing this
information into your own style sheet by using the Internet Options dialog. On
the "Tools" menu, click "Internet Options." Then, from the "General" tab, click
the "Accessibility" button, then use "Format documents using my style sheet."
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