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Re: SMuFL name mapping update, 9 July

From: Karlin High
Subject: Re: SMuFL name mapping update, 9 July
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2021 09:21:07 -0500
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On 7/9/2021 9:09 PM, Owen Lamb wrote:
I've dropped in the next few Emmentaler categories (Default Noteheads, Special Noteheads, and Shape-note Noteheads), so feel free to give it a look at Please let me know what you think, especially regarding the red "contentious" cells!

I looked over the list, focusing on the shape notes. Nothing stood out to me as being wrong, although I have no skill for the font design concerns here.

It looks like the majority of the red=contentious cells for shape notes are in the Walker shapes. I am not aware there is a living music tradition or community still using these or the Funk ones, as there is for Aiken and Sacred Harp. The value of Walker and Funk shapes would mainly be for reproducing historical works.

Therefore, I would say feel free to do whatever makes sense and results in usable fonts. There is unlikely to be many "normal" users with highly-specific concerns for Walker shapes. And if someone is doing a labor-of-love scholarly historical reproduction of a Walker-heads work, it is doubtful this project can foresee what they would care about without having such an expert available at this point.

You are reaching a point where I am starting to go, "Eh, if Owen Lamb studied and designed something for LilyPond fonts, it's probably fine."
Karlin High
Missouri, USA

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