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Fwd: [Moderator Action] [Moderator Action] RE: Active lobbying: Math

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:41:18 +0200
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To: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>


> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Paul Topping <pault@dessci.com>
> Subject: [Moderator Action] RE: Fwd: [Moderator Action] RE: Active lobbying: Math
> Date: 24 Aug 2015 20:11:32 CEST
> To: Deborah Kaplan <dkaplan@safaribooksonline.com>
> Cc: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
> X-W3C-Hub-Spam-Status: No, score=-6.3
> 
> Actually, the Infty Reader Group (www.inftyreader.com) has software that does OCR into MathML.
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Deborah Kaplan [mailto:dkaplan@safaribooksonline.com]
>> Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 10:29 AM
>> To: Paul Topping <pault@dessci.com>
>> Cc: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>; W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-
>> ig@w3.org>
>> Subject: RE: Fwd: [Moderator Action] RE: Active lobbying: Math
>> 
>> On Mon, 24 Aug 2015, Paul Topping wrote:
>> 
>>> Convincing them to implement EPUB would be a worthwhile cause.
>> 
>> Yes, absolutely.
>> 
>>> Isn't the bigger problem convincing students and teachers to adopt
>> etextbooks?
>> I'm sure many of you here know the actual data, and anecdotes are not data.
>> But I do know that when I was a graduate student two years ago, I had two
>> choices: print, or the official electronic textbook through our vendor, which
>> was an epub which could only be read through the vendor's reading system.
>> 
>> At that institution, in any case, the students and the teachers aren't making
>> the decisions. If you buy a textbook, you get the electronic version as is
>> delivered, which is usually EPUB.
>> 
>> But again, I'm sure many people on this list have the actual data.
>> 
>>  (There was non-terrible accessibility on the reading system (since it is an
>> educational platform with compliance requirements), so it was minimally
>> usable without a mouse. But the textbooks were unedited OCR, so I
>> wouldn't have wanted to use them with a screen reader.
>> 
>> That's a content problem, though. Unedited OCR isn't going to end up with
>> MathML markup no matter what the reader supports.)
>> 
>>  Deborah
> 


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