Visually Impaired People and MuseScore (.XML vs. .MUSICXML and braille music software)
Is it possible to recover/add again .XML extension for export?
For compatibility issues between programs .musicxml extension is giving many problems.
I am a teacher and sometimes I work in the classroom with blind students. The availability of braille displays allows us to use formats such as MusicXML and BMML (Braille Music Markup Language) with programs such as Braille Music Reader (also free) and Braille Music Editor 2 (for a fee). Braille Music Reader does not allow you to import XML files but there is an online service that converts XML (but not .MXL or .MUSICXML) to BMML.
Online converter (free)
Braille Music Reader (free)
Braille Music Editor 2 (proprietary software, only Braille, without traditional musical notation unhelpful for sighted people)
The trick of changing the extension .musicxml to .xml for some reason does not work. (At least doing it on Mac which is where I usually work at home) It is not the only program that does not read .musicxml files even if they are renamed to .xml
That is why it would be good to keep the possibility of exporting files with the .xml extension of a lifetime, which would facilitate this exchange of files for blind people and teachers. Although it may not seem like it for a blind student to deal with file extensions and different programs to open a score is an important challenge in time and learning. MuseScore can make it much easier.
Many of the Braille-based programs have slow development or are virtually abandoned, so it is useless to expect them to be updated with new file formats or extensions.
Could MuseScore export to BMML?
MuseScore is a great program for sighted people, Braille Music Editor 2 is a great program for blind people. But in Braille Music Editor I can not see and edit traditional notation so I must know braille music. Likewise, MuseScore does not export points. Yes, there are online services to convert the notation but it is still a little intuitive and time-consuming process.
It is likely that Braille Music Editor and MuseScore developers can collaborate in producing this format since it is only possible to read and edit in Braille Music Editor 2 and another handful of programs for blind people. This would facilitate file sharing between both groups of people and allow MuseScore to be the connector program, even without exporting directly to Braille that seems like a more complicated task.
The MusicXML page contains this information
"The Braille Music Markup Language is an extension of the MusicXML format with features to support Braille music scores. The Music for Visually Impaired People (Music4VIP) project has online converters to go from MusicXML to BMML and from BMML to MusicXML."
Speaking as a user with little knowledge of software development it seems possible to adapt the export to the extension of musicxml that is bmml. It would be great news that it was.
Thanks in advance ;)