An Inclusive and Accessible LaTeX Editor

  • Giuseppe Melfi
  • Thorsten Schwarz
  • Rainer Stiefelhagen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10896)


In this paper, we discuss the reasons which led us to propose LaTeX as mathematical notation to visually impaired students and why there is need for an accessible LaTeX editor. We performed an accessibility test for a selection of three LaTeX editors, to investigate their capabilities to satisfy the needs of these users. The evaluation of the results showed that it was necessary to develop an own editor. The first prototype was preliminarily tested, proving that, paying attention to the GUI library and the development environment, it is possible to develop a GUI with a high level of compatibility with assistive technologies like screen readers and magnifiers. The editor achieved a satisfying ranking in the user-tests which encourages further development of the software.


Accessibility to mathematics LaTeX Accessible editor 



We thank Sebastian Peter for being our voluntary partially sighted user for alpha tests and for his useful feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Melfi
    • 1
  • Thorsten Schwarz
    • 1
  • Rainer Stiefelhagen
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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