FreeDots: MusicXML to Braille music translation

josh jkenn337 at
Thu Feb 14 01:09:57 UTC 2008


what linux distros will this run on? Will there be a version for windows?

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John J. Boyer" <john.boyer at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 2:35 PM
Subject: Re: FreeDots: MusicXML to Braille music translation

> Mario,
> This is a very interesting project. I am planning to build braille music
> translation into my liblouisxml project. It would be combined with the
> ability to translate text in many languages and eventually SVG graphics.
> Would it be possible for me to look at your code? Could we perhaps
> collaborate?
> Thanks,
> John
> On Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 06:36:28PM +0100, Mario Lang wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> This is a mail for the musicians among us.  If you do not need/want to
>> read music (in braille), you can safely skip this mail.
>> As some of you might know, there are pretty decent OMR (Optical Music
>> Recognition) programs around.  Those can export music notation to
>> MusicXML format usually.  I have started a small project
>> to convert MusicXML files to braille music notation.
>> Obviously, this is a very complicated thing to get fully right
>> as those of you that can read braille music might be able to guess.
>> But given the relatively small amount of time I have invested
>> so far, it does actually do something useful already.
>> The project homepage is at
>> This is at a very early stage, so do not expect it to do
>> much right.  However, that said, single staff music seems
>> to render fine in most cases.
>> At this stage, I could use help from people knowledgeable
>> with braille music.  Also, if you are into the OMR bussiness (maybe
>> a GoodFeel user?) I could also make use of good example
>> files.  The most seeked for are obviously error-corrected
>> MusicXML files.  If you have scanned some music in the past
>> and had a sighted person correct the errors the OMR made,
>> please consider exporting it to MusicXML and send it to me.
>> If you also have the output for the same sheet music in braille,
>> that would be very valueable to compare the output of FreeDots to.
>> If you are a musician and a programmer (I am afraid this is going to be 
>> rare),
>> please consider contributing to FreeDots.  There are several ares
>> that haven't even been started yet that could use some man power.
>> For instance, a MIDI output module would be desireable, so that we
>> can listen to what we read.
>> If you have anything to contribute, please send private
>> mail.  At this stage, a public discussion on this list doesnt seem
>> very useful since the target audience is pretty specific and
>> the project is far from being user-friendly...
>> -- 
>> CYa,
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