A team of researchers has developed a method, which they assert can be used to easily creating textbooks in braille, with an initial focus on math textbooks. The new process is made possible by a new authoring system which serves as a "universal translator" for textbook formats. Based on this new method, the hope is that the production of braille textbooks will become easy, inexpensive, and widespread.
According to the article, there are three main problems to solve when producing a braille version of a math textbook:
- Overall structure
- Accurately conveying complicated mathematics formulas
- Providing a non-visual way to represent graphs and diagrams