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Summary: Obstacles to accessible TeX this Thursday 12 Aug, 6:30 to 7:30pm
UK time.
Links to 8 accessibility talks at recent TeX conference. Topics for TeX
Hour, to the end of August.

At the TeX Conference last weekend there were 8 talks that focussed on
accessibility. I think that's a record. The subject of the TeX Hour this
Thursday is "Obstacles to Accessible TeX". This includes technical, social
and human problems. Sharing experience and a fair partnership between blind
and sighted are crucial for avoiding and removing obstacles.

One of the talks is a 30 minute conversation between Jonathan Godfrey and
Jana Schroeder,  both of whom are blind. I had the honor of facilitating
this conversation.  Even if you don't go to the TeX Hour, I think it's well
worth listening to. It's available at

Here are the TeX Hour details:

Date and time: Thursday 12 August, 6.30 to 7.30pm UK time.
UK time now:
Zoom URL:
Meeting ID: 785 5125 5396
Passcode: knuth

The URLs of all 8 talks are below, in the Appendix. I particularly
recommend the talk on tactile mathematics by Kolesnikov, Maneki, Cantino,
Beezer, and Volker Sorge

TeX Hours are always Thursday 6:30 to 7:30pm UK time. Future TeX Hours are
Thursday 19 Aug: XML to TeX to PDF - when PDF is one of many rendering of
Thursday 26 Aug: Portable TeX Documents - reducing and resolving
dependencies of TeX source

with best regards


Appendix: Links to the 8 accessibility talks at 2021 TeX Conference

Andreas Papasalouros & Antonis Tsolomitis
latex2nemeth: A direct LaTeX-to-Braille Transcribing Tool

Ulrike Fischer
On the road to tagged PDF: about StructElem, Marked Content, PDF/A and
squeezed Bärs

Frank Mittelbach
Taming the beast — Advances in paragraph tagging with pdfTeX and XeTeX

Jana Schroeder and Jonathan Godfrey ( host Jonathan Fine)
Code and math in the dark

Keiran Harcombe & Boris Veytsman
Creating TeXLive VPAT statement

Alexei Kolesnikov, Al Maneki, Michael Cantino, Rob Beezer, Volker Sorge
Tactile mathematics: Enabling Sighted and Blind People to Share
Mathematical Experience

Michael Nolan, Dr. Todd Pagano, Suhas Chikkanaravangala Vijayakumar, Rahul
Publishing for all: Using LaTeX to help improve the accessibility of an
open-access journal
[This talk is split over 2 URLs.]

Ross Moore & Tom Price
Accessible research reports; case study, including acronyms and glossaries