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Below are some helpful hints for getting started with a screen reader in Windows and Maxima.
Important: Command lines in Maxima are terminated by ";" (semicolon) followed by hitting "enter". If the command line is terminated with a "$" (dollar sign) followed by "enter" the output for that command is suppressed.
To get help for a particular topic or function enter a "?" (question mark), followed by a space, followed by the keyword, and hitting "enter".
Be sure to include a "space" between the question mark and the keyword. The search will be executed by simply hitting "enter".
Use "??" (double question mark) to find inexact matches. After either command you will be presented with a list of help topics from which to choose.
In Maxima, the ":" (colon) is used as an assignment operator. For example:
assigns the value of "2" to "x".
The "=" (equals sign) is used for equations. for example:
x + y = a + b;
represents the equation "x + y = a + b".
When using Maxima with a screen reader you will want to display the output in a 1D format rather than in the 2D format used by most sighted users.
This can be done by entering the command:
If you don't want to have to enter this command each time you start Maxima you can put an entry in the user initialization file that runs automatically each time Maxima starts. To do this follow the steps below:
Below are some other hotkeys that are useful in navigating in Maxima's console window:
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