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Re: Doc: NR section 3.5.x MIDI file creation tidy up (issue 120480043 by

From: tdanielsmusic
Subject: Re: Doc: NR section 3.5.x MIDI file creation tidy up (issue 120480043 by address@hidden)
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:40:29 +0000


We've now had so many iterations of this I'd lost track of where we were
up to with incremental changes and started over.  I think much of it is
improved, but some basic information has been lost and/or buried.  I've
tried to indicate as clearly (starkly might be more accurate) as
possible what should be done to retrieve it.

File Documentation/notation/input.itely (right):
Documentation/notation/input.itely:2674: * Controlling MIDI dynamics::
I would put these in the order:
  The MIDI block
  Controlling MIDI dynamics
  MIDI instruments (taken from Enhancing MIDI output)
  Using repeats with MIDI
  Enhancing MIDI output (just the articulate script)
Documentation/notation/input.itely:2732: accent, marcato and portato.
We need a proper list here showing clearly what is supported, so users
new to midi output can see at the outset what it can do for them.  I
asked for this early in October ("The clear statement currently shown in
NR 3.5.3 should be reinstated somehow, and reflected accurately in the
text.") but I don't see it anywhere yet.  The basic facilities can then
be compared with the enhancements provided by the articulate script to
see if that is going to be useful.
Documentation/notation/input.itely:2846: @rinternals{Dynamic_performer}.
I don't think we need this reference here.
Documentation/notation/input.itely:2856: these should be        entered in a
@code{Staff} (not @code{DrumStaff}) context
There seems to be a character that is not a space between "be" and
Documentation/notation/input.itely:2874: to match many articulation and
tempo indications.  Engraved output
Most articulations are handled by the basic LilyPond performer.  See and
use NR 3.5.3.
Documentation/notation/input.itely:2912: @item Chords that are
@emph{not} entered as chord names.
Why is this basic information hidden in the articulate script and what
does this item mean?  Chords entered as notes _are_ supported.  Consider
a user who wanted microtonal chords.  It says earlier microtones need a
player that supports them.  Ok, he says, I have that.  Having tried to
make it work for hours he now finds, buried in a @knownissues in a
script he is not using, that microtonal chords are not supported.  How
is that an improvement to the documentation?  What do you have against
the clear lists in NR 3.5.3 presented at the top of the MIDI section?
Why do you keep trying to suppress it with inaccurate and incomplete
information distributed in several places?

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