MuseScore – the open source notation program – has been selected by Google as one of the mentoring organizations to participate in the Google Summer of Code 2014. In this program, students are be paid to work on an open source project. Students can choose what they want aspect of the project to work on, but a list of sample ideas is provided by the mentoring organization Improving accessibility is the #1 suggestion on the short list offered by MuseScore in their list of ideas).
Having the leading open source notation program be truly accessible would be a major breakthrough for blind musicians – particularly composers and arrangers. As a technical contributor to MuseScore myself, I am familiar enough with the code to have a pretty good sense of what is involved and am willing to serve as a mentor. I have already identified a list of specific issues to address in making MuseScore accessible. If others have other issues they would like to see added to this list, let me know.
So if there are any students out there interested in improving the accessibility of MuseScore, this would be a perfect time to get involved! Google is accepting student applications next month. For more information, see the Google Summer of Code web site. Feel free to contact me specifically about this, or join the chat on the #musescore channel on the IRC network freenode.
Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!