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Re: Error in FAQ

From: Valentin Villenave
Subject: Re: Error in FAQ
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:41:57 +0100

2008/12/4 Dana S Emery <address@hidden>:
> I submit this as a bug report because I didnt see any better way to bring the
> matter to attention.

Greetings and thank you for your contribution (with much delay).

We have precisely entered a major rewriting/redesigning process of our
website, to it is the right time to correct such things.

> Your text follows
> What is engraving?
> Originally, music was printed by stamping and engraving symbols mirrored into
> metal plates. The plates were inked, and paper was pressed to it, yielding a
> left-to-right printing. Hence, professional music typography is now known as
> engraving, even when it is done with computers today. People who do this are
> called engravers or copyists.
> -=-=-=-=-=-
> The initial word 'Originally' gives the reader the false impression that
> engraving was the first and only process used by printers.  That is false.  
> You
> completely ignore the well documented use of wood blocks and typeset music.  
> In
> London, typeset music held on against engraving into the late 1600's.
> I realise you want to keep things simple, but this is a serious distortion of
> the history of music printing.
> Consider the following.
> Music was a technological challenge to early european printers.  Several
> processes were explored, including hand-carved wooden blocks, hand-drawing
> either the lines or the notes, movable type, and engraved sheets of thin metal
> (usually copper). Typesetting had the advantage of being more easily 
> corrected,
> but in the end the abillity to do unimpeded layout and unanticipated notation
> gave engraving the edge; only todays computerized engraving has supplanted it
> by combining the advantages of all the approaches.
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-
> Please note that I deliberately ignore complications of inking and jobtitles.

While I will not take the liberty to correct this myself, I find this
suggestion accurate and sensible (even though I'm slightly reluctant
to refer to modern computerized engraving as full of advantages,
because it certainly has its downsides too).

Graham, guys, any thoughts?


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