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Re: Alternative music font

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: Alternative music font
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:13:32 -0400

Hi all,

Although I greatly prefer the Feta font to Gonville, I'm very much enjoying this thread — kudos to Simon and Jan for all their hard and considered work!

it doesn't seem surprising to me that one answer doesn't satisfy everybody's tastes!

Agreed — this is one of the great(est) benefits of open source software. In that spirit, I know that many people out there would love a font which looks handwritten — maybe once Gonville is integrated, you (Simon) could provide an API documentation patch, so that others might contribute/integrate their alternative fonts?

One comment from a friend about the difference between the two fonts
was that a thing he liked about Gonville was that it looked more modern.

As you said, this will be a matter of taste — I much prefer the more traditional look of Feta to anything out there (Gonville or Igor Engraver's font or Finale's or Sibelius's or...). Of course, I also maintain that number theory reached its apex sometime between Fermat and Euler, so take that as you may... ;)

It's interesting that you should mention that: that actually reminds
me of one of my specific issues with Feta, namely that the curved
centre line of its treble clef _does_ make it look to me as if it's
leaning over backwards. Gonville's straight-backed version feels
much more balanced to me.

You could probably just rotate that glyph in a TimeSignature override, if you wanted. ;)

it would be nicer if Lilypond itself could centre the digits
around the 2nd and 4th lines of the stave in the case
where they're smaller than 2*staff_spacing

Be sure to consider non-5-line staff situations.


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