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Workshop: Transcribing Literature for VI - How to transcribe texts and graphics with free available software

Presented by Thorsten Schwarz

Transcribed study materials have to be always adapted to the special need of each individual. Depending on the operation system (Windows, Linux, Mac) and visually impairment for:

  • blind users to Microsoft Word or LibreOffice/OpenOffice with proper style sheets, and for<.li>
  • partially sighted users to PDF with san serif fonts, bigger font size, left aligned, etc.

On the other side graphics have to be made accessible to everybody as well. Due to the situation that one visually impaired student may come on hundreds of sighted students. Therefore tactile graphics should always be prepared in such way, that they are printed both in black writing as well tactile on the same sheet of paper. Like that common working of sighted and visually impaired students is possible.

Those mentioned points can be done by using free available software. So everyone preparing or using those materials doesn't have to spent money buying expensive software with many unneeded funtions.

This workshop will cover all steps from an original document to a final version for blind and partially sighted users. You will be trained in all used programs and you may ask as many questions you will have.

Using some examples out of mathematical text books, we will convert the whole content in an accessible document by using the LibreOffice-Suite (or OpenOffice).
Additional we will work on some more complex graphics to get those accessible. Therefore we will extent the range of programs to Gimp and Inkscape.
Additional we will have comparisons to commercial availabe software.