Structure Editing of Handwritten Mathematics: Improving the Computer Support for the Calculational Method

Alexandra Mendes, Roland Backhouse, Joao Ferreira

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    Abstract

    We present a structure editor that aims to facilitate the presentation and manipulation of handwritten mathematical expressions. The editor is oriented to the calculational mathematics involved in algorithmic problem solving and it provides features that allow reliable structure manipulation of mathematical formulae, as well as flexible and interactive presentations. We describe some of its most important features, including the use of gestures to manipulate algebraic formulae, the structured selection of expressions, definition and redefinition of operators in runtime, gesture’s editor, and handwritten templates. The editor is made available in the form of a C# class library which can be easily used to extend existing tools. For example, we have extended Classroom Presenter, a tool for ink-based teaching presentations and classroom interaction. We have tested and evaluated the editor with target users. The results obtained seem to indicate that the software is usable, suitable for its purpose and a valuable contribution to teaching and learning algorithmic problem solving.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS ’14)
    PublisherACM
    Pages139
    Number of pages148
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2587-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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