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Re: New fonts for chords

From: Andrew Hawryluk
Subject: Re: New fonts for chords
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 21:52:27 -0600

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Marc Hohl <address@hidden> wrote:
> Pekka Siponen schrieb:
>> For chords I don't think there is a standard approach. Chords haven't been
>> around long enough. I was hoping to collect opinions here. :) Maybe the best
>> source would be in some typography book? I checked mine and couldn't find
>> any specific mention about the position, only the weight. Maybe someone else
>> has something..?
> No, I didn't find anything useful about formatting chords, but while looking
> into my typographic books,
> I saw that there exist font families with separate fractional numbers, which
> could be used for this
> purpose. I don't have such a font, but in the font Georgia, for example,
> there is at least a character for the
> fraction 7/8. I removed the "/8" and the result (attached) looks not bad.
> The drawback is, however,
> that there will probably be no sharps, flats and brackets in such a font ...
> Just my 2ct...
> Marc

It would be nice if LilyPond could use proper super/sub-scripts when
they exist in a font, and substitute the scaled version when
necessary. A similar approach has been suggested for real small caps:


In this case, I think most high-end fonts store small caps as an
OpenType alternate to the normal alphabetic code points, rather than
as separate characters in extended Unicode land.

Valentin, is this worth logging an enhancement in the issues list?
Perhaps as part of the whole question of high-quality typesetting?


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