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Screen Reader Accessible Operations in Lime


Music notation editors are inherently inaccessible by screen readers, however, we are working with the developer of Lime to make it accessible. Until we make the accessible Lime features available here is a list of important and accessible operations:

Selecting the First Note of a Bar

  1. Press ALT+P, B.
  2. Enter the bar number that you want to go to.
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. If the piece has a pickup and you want to select the first note or rest of a piece, press the left arrow key a few times. To be sure that the first note is selected you can play the music in Lime.

Changing Part Names

  1. Select the first note or rest of the piece. See Selecting the First Note of the Piece.
  2. Go to Voice | Parts and Voices (ALT+V, V).
  3. Rename the first part (ALT+R).
  4. Press the down arrow key to move to the other parts and use ALT+R to rename them.
  5. Press ENTER to close the Parts and Voices dialog.

Listening to the Piece

  1. Select a note on which to start playing.
  2. Go to Hear | Hear (CONTROL+H)
  3. Select ALL voices (Tab to the Select All button and press the space bar)
  4. Click on OK (Tab to OK and press the space bar)

Changing Keys

Note that this is only truly accessible if the whole piece is in the same key!!! If you know for sure where other key signatures are, you can go to the first note of those new key signatures and also change the keys there but be careful (make a backup of your file first).
  1. Select the first note of bar 1 (click here for instructions on how to select the the first note of a bar).
  2. Press CONTROL+K for the Key Signature dialog.
  3. Change the number of sharps or flats edit field and/or the Sharps/Flats radio button so that the new key signature is specified.
  4. Check Transpose Notes and Chord Symbols and specify Up or Down.
  5. The Key Signature dialog is mostly accessible but just in case you get confused here is the tab order of the fields:
    1. The number of sharps or flats edit field
    2. Sharps/Flats radio button
    3. Major/Minor radio button (I don't think this makes a difference anywhere)
    4. Plot Naturals at Key Change checkbox
    5. Transpose Notes and Chord Symbols checkbox
    6. If Transpose is checked then the Up/Down to the New Key radio button is next
    7. Transposing Instrument Sounds checkbox
    8. Half Steps Above(+) or Below(-) Written Pitch edit field
    9. Current Staff Only/All Staves radio button (Should be All Staves)
    10. Before Current Note/At End of System radio button (Should be Before Current Note)
    11. OK button
    12. Cancel button
    13. Grayed Delete button
  6. Click on OK (Tab to OK and press the space bar)

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