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mathml to plain text | audio?

From: <David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 12:52:15 +0100
Message-ID: <9B66BBD37D5DD411B8CE00508B69700F06FFDE54@pborolocal.rnib.org.uk>
To: www-math@w3.org


www.daisy.org is a group of organisations who produce smil based
'talking books'. Synchronised text and audio for blind and partially
sighted people.

We are starting to look at incorporating mathml into our schema,
and that's fine for producing braille, just hard work.

However, for 'spoken' math(s), it presents a problem  of automation.
For more complex stuff, human readers tend to make mistakes, hence
synthetic speech is often used.

Put simply, mathml isn't 'readable' in its XML format (my view :-).
Certainly if serialised it wouldn't sound very good via a TTS engine.

I'm informed others have looked at mathml to 'plain text' transforms,
 perhaps with paragraph level formatting. 
I'm wondering if any such transforms are available open source, or could
be licenced to the daisy group for our readers?

Any pointers appreciated.

Regards DaveP.
www.rnib.org.uk

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