Quorum, with the EV3 libraries, provides an accessible programming environment for blind or visually impaired students. This enables them to write and test their own code. The QUORUM interface is self voicing, and is also full compliant with standard screen readers.
Quorum is based on recent evidence on human factors evidence in programming language design. In some cases, our intent is to dispel myths. In others, it is to provide the result of research lines. The community of scholars advocating for and participating in evidence-based programming language design is growing. This page is not comprehensive, but covers several of the broad trends and highlights a number of empirical studies that have been performed.
Computer science for all
In the United States, one broad trend is toward computer science education for all. As such, students in K-12 or beyond are learning to program. Despite this trend, the programming language community is highly fractured, with thousands of products used for a variety of purposes. Teachers and students participating in CS for all may not have the training to evaluate the feature sets of various language products or their impact on people (e.g., students, professionals, those with disabilities). Modern computer science should significantly re-examine issues involved in the programming language wars. Programming languages make up the foundation of software technology. As we push toward computer science for all, the design of our languages should be based increasingly on evidence.
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