Maxtract

Maxtract is a tool for converting PDF into formats such as LaTeX, MathML and text. Please follow this link or click on the image at the bottom to go to the online version.

The aims are to provide translation services into standard mathematical markup languages and to add accessibility to mathematical documents on multiple levels. This includes both accessibility in the narrow sense of providing access to content for print impaired users, such as those with visual impairments, dyslexia or dyspraxia, as well as more generally to enable any user access to the mathematical content. Maxtract produces output compatible with web browsers, screen readers and tools such as copy and paste, which is achieved by enriching the regular text with mathematical markup. The output can also be used directly, within the limits of the presentation MathML produced, as machine readable mathematical input to software systems such as Mathematica or Maple.

Image of translation of maths
from PDF


Maxtract is currently being developed and fine tuned with the hope of a final realease through a six month, JISC OER rapid innovation grant. As part of the project we are keeping a blog of recent developments.

To view some of the output we produce, please look at our samples page

To give us feedback, please click here