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Re: doc work

From: Stan Sanderson
Subject: Re: doc work
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 21:20:00 -0500

On Aug 16, 2008, at 3:22 PM, Patrick Horgan wrote:

Kieren MacMillan wrote:
The last time I checked Mutopia, I was shocked by the (low) quality of the coding. =( I personally would never suggest that anyone use any Mutopia file I've seen as an example/template.

How about the O Magnum Mysterium that I just re-did and contributed back to Mutopia? <grin;>

I don't want tutorial-newbies trying to figure out what
parts of a real piece to delete in order to get a basic template.

Um... the notes only, just like now?
<LOL> I would like real songs, they don't all have to be complicated, but complicated enough to demonstrate whatever the template is trying to do.


As a decidedly non-professional user of Lilypond and appreciative contributer to Mutopia, my perspective somewhat different. Since my first real effort with Lilypond (v2.0.1), Mutopia has often provided me with the answer to a problem I had been unable to solve despite reading the documentation and searching user lists. This is probably more an indictment of my reading skills than of the documentation.

I would certainly not hold up my meager contributions as examples of quality coding; however, I never understood Mutopia to have a such a requirement. I, and presumably all other contributers to Mutopia, am guilty at worst of wanting to share music which I found interesting. Lilypond, as it has evolved, made that possible.

That said, the current work on documentation is wonderful and exciting. And yes, I can see value in providing complete examples. They can help those of us who are less technically gifted to find answers, just as I was helped in the early years of Mutopia and early versions of Lilypond.



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