Music Braille – Latest Developments

Music Braille – Latest Developments

You’ll find all the news, progress updates, announcements, consultations and reports from the DAISY Music Braille Project shared on this page, with our most recent developments at the top.


2021

 

April 2021

  • Project news – Q1 update covering activities January to March 2021.
    Includes: an update on development progress for the interactive end-user tool (MuseScore and SMB); update on the automated professional converter tool (MakeBraille); upcoming work areas for the project (including updates on the proposal for a network of agencies wishing to source/provide music braille from/to other agencies; working with publisher workflows; and teaching and learning of music braille)); and news from around the sector. Thanks to our funders 2020 & 2021.

 

January 2021

2020

November 2020

  • Announcement: Funding for an interactive music braille user tool awarded for development of MuseScore and Sao Mai Braille (16.11.2020)
    The Steering Group of the DAISY Music Braille Project was grateful to receive a variety of proposals for the development of an interactive user tool for music braille according to our prioritized sector requirements. After very careful consideration they have chosen to support related proposals for the development of MuseScore (submitted by Peter Jonas, UK), and of Sao Mai Braille (submitted by Phúc Dang Hoai, Vietnam) from the non-profit agency Sao Mai Centre for the Blind. These combined developments will be invaluable for blind musicians of any age learning to read, study or create music braille with multimedia input and output. Full details are in the attached announcement, and all the documents, video presentations and related links are below if you wish to read more about their proposals: We will keep you up to date, and the Steering Group wishes to thank all the developers who submitted proposals. It was a hard choice.

October 2020

July 2020

  • Project news – Q2 update covering activities April to June 2020
    Includes: grateful thanks for two new funding contributions; news of development progress with MakeBraille-Hodder (the professional automated conversion tool we’re supporting); status of the funding application process for the interactive user tool; and related music braille news, including an update from Dancing Dots on changes in GOODFEEL.

June 2020

  • Developers’ Pack – Funding invitation; User Requirements documents; Response form
    All the files in one place for developers of interactive user tools for music braille: the invitation to developers to apply for funding support; the two Requirements Documents needed; and a Response form to submit full responses.
    Deadlines:
    – 30 June 2020 – confirm intention to submit a full response.
    – 31 August 2020 – full responses due.
  • “Requirements for Interactive User Tools for Music Braille”
    A prioritized set of functional requirements for consideration by developers for inclusion in interactive user tools for music braille creation, exploration and conversion, based on our Requirements Survey, which closed in January 2020. This, and responses from developers, will hopefully be the basis for future development work in existing or new tools for blind musicians to create, explore and export music for education, private or professional use.

 

May 2020

 

February 2020

  • Announcement: Tactile Reading 2021 Conference
    Project members are glad to be involved in this event of relevance for music braille specialists. Visit the Upcoming Events page for the call for abstracts.

 

January 2020

  • Project news – Q4 update covering activities October to December 2019
    Includes: a round-up of last quarter’s work; how our funding has been secured for 2020; and the upcoming technical development planned for Hodder, dzb lesen’s music braille conversion tool.
  • CLOSED: User Tools Consultation Reminder: please tell us what features you’d like to see added to music braille user tools to explore, read, write and output music – complete the online survey by 31 January or simply email us with your views by the same date: musicbraille [at] daisy [dot] org.
  • Questionnaire on a virtual global competence centre
    A survey and presentation from SBS to identify interest in participating in a virtual global competence centre for Braille music production. Deadline for responses: 31 March 2020.

2019

December 2019

 

November 2019

 

October 2019

 

September 2019

  • Steering Group Announcement
    We are delighted to introduce our first Steering Group members selected for the project from nominations received – eight experts with a good mix of skills and requirements to support the project.

 

August 2019

 

May 2019

Geneva Meeting, May 28-29. A two-day meeting primarily to discuss the prioritized requirements for music braille conversion tools resulting from consultation responses, and to hear responses from tool developers.

 

April 2019

  • Findings from the DAISY Music Braille Conversion Tool Requirements Survey
    A prioritized set of functional requirements for consideration by developers for inclusion in music braille conversion tools, based on our Requirements Survey, which closed in March. This, and responses from developers, will form the basis of our Geneva Meeting, and will hopefully be the basis for future development work in existing tools.

 

March 2019

Our first response submitted to the W3C Music Notation Community Group on our requirements for future developments.

 

February 2019

  • MusicXML Markup Spec
    A draft specification document for experts, who may need to make manual edits to the MusicXML file ready for conversion into braille.
    CLOSED: Feedback to Sarah by 29 March.
  • SMuFL Glyphs Mapping to Braille Equivalent
    A draft specification document for software developers to display correct braille symbols for particular Glyphs.
    CLOSED: Feedback to Sarah by 29 March.

January 2019


2018

October 2018

Round Table, London, 31 October:

A second discussion and planning session on the future direction of standards and tools for the production and sharing of music braille files.

Description of the Browser Book:

  • Browser book is a simple playback solution developed by NLB for playing fulltext audio books.
  • The main objective is to ensure that everyone has access to a simple, installation-free and free method of playing audiobooks on PC, Mac or Chromebook.
  • Works on all browsers, except Safari for Mac and IE for Windows (due to security settings in these browsers.

User functionality in brief:

  • Easy screen reader adaptation via button.
  • You can navigate by scrolling in text and or moving through headers / pages.
  • You can adjust the playback speed.
  • Use browser settings to customize appearance such as color scheme, font, font size, etc.
  • You can search the text via the default search function in the selected browser.
  • Bookmarks are not supported but the player remembers the last position when you open the book next time.
  • Feedback on this early version welcome, to eivind [dot] haugen [at] nlb [dot] no

July 2018

  • Tools listed in the Phase 2 Research Report
    A spreadsheet listing the various tools referenced in the Phase 2 Research Report with links to their webpages. This may not be an exclusive list of all tools available in the sector, but lists those raised in the surveys.

 

June 2018

Round Table, Leipzig, 14 June:

A discussion and planning session on the future direction of standards and tools for the production and sharing of music braille files.

 

April 2018

  • Phase 2 survey (second survey)
    Based on findings from the Draft Research Outline, this second survey explored four specific areas in greater depth across the sector, including gathering some end-user experience.

 

January 2018

  • Draft Research Outline (first survey)
    This survey identified and explored relevant products, projects, people, issues, concerns and plans across the sector.

2017

October 2017