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There is a plugin for Internet Explorer called MathPlayer which is a text-to-speech plug-in for mathematical expressions. It can read mathematical expressions aloud.

However, I'm not using Internet Explorer, since I'm on Linux. Is it possible to use MathPlayer without Internet Explorer?

Or perhaps if that's out, is there comparable software that would run on Linux that would do the same thing?

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Also, should questions like this be posted in math.stackexchange.com instead of superuser? –  Anderson Green Jun 16 '12 at 18:30
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Nope, as this isn't a question about math itself, so I'd say this is the best place for it (since it's about computer software). :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jun 16 '12 at 18:37

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A couple quick Google searches reveal that there is no direct equivalent for Firefox and Chrome (or the alternatives are really difficult to find).

Apparently, winetricks is able to install IE for you - just install wine and winetricks, and then run winetricks ie8. It downloads the installer automatically, but you have to click through all the annoying dialogs.

Then, download the MathPlayer installer and run it via wine MathPlayer2.2setup.exe.

I ran all of the above while typing out this post - everything installs well, but IE8 doesn't run (I get page faults when directing it to http://www.google.com). Maybe you'll have better luck.


The only other real option is to dual-boot or run Windows in a VM (I don't really know if ReactOS will run IE8 at this point) to use MathPlayer.

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In that case, is there any other software that can convert mathematical symbols to speech, or at least convert it to text that can be read by a text-to-speech engine? –  Anderson Green Jun 19 '12 at 0:45
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@AndersonGreen There's some work going on converting MathML to plain text, which can be fed into a speech engine like espeak (it shouldn't be difficult to write, considering MathML is plain XML) - MathML is large and math is complex, however, and its unlikely that anybody has created a converter which produces truly human readable output. Or so intuition tells me after searching a bit and finding nothing. –  new123456 Jun 19 '12 at 4:17

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