[Irl-dean] NASA Math Description engine

Gerry Ellis gerry.ellis at feelthebenefit.com
Sun Oct 1 15:55:14 IST 2006


I mentioned an interesting NASA initiative in another email about Dec. 3rd, but here are some more details.

The URL is 

The following is taken from the web site:
The Math Description Engine Software Development Kit can be used by software developers to make computer-rendered graphs more accessible to blind and visually-impaired users. It has a simple API that lets you easily add alternative text and sound descriptions to your graphs. 

Version 1 of the MDE SDK generates text descriptions for 2D graphs commonly seen in math and science curriculum (and practice). The mathematically rich
text descriptions can also serve as a virtual math and science assistant for blind and sighted users, making graphs more accessible for everyone.

The Java-based toolkit also has a set of accessible Java Swing components that enable user-controlled viewing and analysis of graphs using sound. 

Take care,

Gerry Ellis
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