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Re: Lilypond's SVG output

From: Marek Klein
Subject: Re: Lilypond's SVG output
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:46:05 +0200


2011/8/18 Sandor Spruit <address@hidden>


I recently had an informal discussion with some collegues on the use of SVG, in general.
They are in music research, I am a developer working on a completely unrelated topic -
so please forgive me my ignorance w.r.t. music-related terminology.

We discussed the possibilities to use music scores on web pages, and they immediately
referred to Lilypond because of its quality output. While browsing this list's archives, and
other on-line discussions for that matter, two questions came up:

- In what version, exactly, did Lilypond drop the use of groups (svg:g) in its output?

  I read a debate on this issue, where the key argument against groups was the trouble
  people have in editing grouped SVG elements in Inkscape. I can, however, imagine all
  sorts of situations in which group elements could be very useful - from a developer's
  point of view at least. This leads to the second question:

- For what purpose are people putting music up on the web; what's the typical use case?

  Just publishing it for others to read? Hyperlinking to it, from it? Annotations? Keeping
  bits and pieces of music for later reference? Learning? Studying? Comparing versions?

I may, at some point, be in the position to do some work on this. But I'm hesitant to dive
in at the deep end - meaning Lilypond tens of thousands of lines of code ...

A bit of guidance might help though :)

Sandor Spruit
Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University

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I can not answer your questions, but maybe developers list is better place to ask... forwarding.


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