[ddots-l] Re: Accessible keyboards?

Hi friends:
I know that there is a software that can read the Kurzweill keyboards via midi but this was a long time maybe if such a software connected to the keyboards via midi can
read different kind of keyboards will be grate I think this is the easiest and acceptable for our use because I don't think that companies will create a software to be installed in the keyboard itself think about it, and check who made the Kurzweill one and ask for other keyboards.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Sean A. Cummins" <Sean@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2005 12:27 AM
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: Accessible keyboards?



WHOA! GANG!  Please stop and think about what you are asking for!



I am all for asking companies to help, but let's not corner ourselves into only one answer.



True accessibility is opening the doors to many options and not just one. I don't know about the rest of you, but I own many different types of Microphones and many different types of guitars and other instruments RIGHT?! So why would I want to have only one keyboard company making an accessible keyboard. OH, I know, we can write all of them, but we'll be lucky if one even gives such a small market a second thought. Rather, we need to approach an individual or individuals that can get us access to all of the MIDI devices that are all ready passing data free from one to the other.



I had been pioneering a MIDI music system for the blind way back in the early eighties, and the best thing to have ever happen to the industry was the development of the MIDI interface. This happens to be one of the only industries that sat down and worked out a standard by which all computer based instrument could exchange data and control one another. This data flow is our key to accessibility! We just need to find the person and or persons that would continue to bring all of the concepts together.



I would even venture to say that a foundation like the Microsoft Foundation would underwrite the development of the technology if one were to organize and manage just such a project.



Data is the key to freedom and not necessarily hardware.



Give a man a fish. and he eats for a day!

Teach a man to fish. and he eats for a lifetime!



In my opinion, this is just what Dancing Dots has done for us all ready! I propose that someone take up the cause of finding Dancing Dots the underwriters for their and our benefit!



God bless you all this Thanksgiving!



Sean A. Cummins


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