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Re: New website

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: New website
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 14:29:33 +0200

[flup set]

address@hidden writes:
> Chris Jackson <address@hidden> wrote:
> > gramatically and stylishly  ->   grammatically and stylishly
> Actually, I mean "grammatically and stylistically".  Also on


> *,
> "(double click the "GNU LilyPond" or "Cygwin" icon)"
> AIUI there is no GNU LilyPond icon (was there in the past?), and if someone
> is getting started, then they will not have renamed the cygwin icon to
> Lilypond yet.

I don't know. The last time I installed the windows version is almost
two years ago.


> cywgin -> Cygwin
> Also I'm wondering whether there should be more detailed instructions for
> getting started on Windows.  A friendly introduction, pitched at the
> ordinary musician who might be a complete command-line, non-GUI newbie. The
> recent help messages on the mailing list made me consider that Lilypond does
> sometimes scare such people away, when they'd actually be OK if they took
> some time to climb the learning curve.  I realise that we have to draw the
> line somewhere with the hand-holding, but I think the (Windows users do
> this) bits on "Getting started" may be slightly too terse.  I would be happy
> to write such a document, but I'm not sure yet how it would integrate with
> the rest of the "Getting started" instructions.

I dunno. I suppose that a special "windows" getting started has some
merit, but the most important thing is that it is short. If it is
longer than a screen-full or (say) seven steps, people will think that
it is too complicated and move on. We could easily point to the
windows getting-started from the windows download page.

To combat the learning curve, I think that it would be better to write
a simple program, where you can drag & drop a .ly file, which is then
processed. If successful, either the PDF is put on the screen, or a
window with error messages would be shown. My hunch is that such a
mechanism comes more natural to Windows users.

(not that I'm volunteering to write it, though)


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