TL;DR: We’re working hard to make uTheory accessible to everyone. Here’s some of what we’re up to. Or, checkout our Accessibility Roadmap to track specific issues and features.

Music notation software is notoriously unfriendly when it comes to accessibility issues. Finale, Sibelius and Dorico have all struggled with this.

At uTheory we’ve set a goal of making every element of the site accessible to all users, and we’ve got a good start of it. As of today:

  • All music notation elements automatically describe themselves in a way that screen-readers can pronounce.
  • All editable music notation can now be controlled by a keyboard (in addition to using a mouse or touch-screen device)
  • All piano inputs and images can be controlled by keyboard input, and describe themselves in alt text for screen readers.

And, coming in the next few weeks:

  • All videos will be close captioned
  • Flats and Sharps will sound on screen-readers as “flat” and “sharp” instead of “bee” and “pound.”
  • Alt texts for pianos and notation elements will be improved

Here’s our roadmap for improving uTheory’s accessibility, and if you come across an element of the site that’s not accessible, please write us at accessibility@utheory.com to let us know!