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Re: Hushing up Sibelius news?

From: Shane Brandes
Subject: Re: Hushing up Sibelius news?
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:04:56 -0500

File fomat? .ly which amounts to a text file with a program association. I think this is one of the strongest features Lilypond has. Regardless of the absence of the existence of a functioning Lilypond program the score can be reconstructed. It might take a little effort but it is recoverable as opposed to closed format file format crap. i still have a ton of files left over from other projects that I will never likely open again due to not having those programs anymore.


On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
Hilary Snaden <address@hidden> writes:

> On 2013-02-21 19:58, Urs Liska wrote:
> These from Daniel Spreadbury tell me most, I think, of what I need to
> know about the new project.
> "Our application will use a proprietary file format... an open source
> file format is only any use if you also have a wide range of software
> that can make use of that format... the Lilypond file format itself
> does not describe exactly how the finished score will appear..."
> Thanks, but no thanks.

If the file format describes exactly how the finished score will appear,
what will happen with the spacing when transposing?  Presumably it is
ingrained into the file, so how will everything get retrofitted?

However, LilyPond indeed has a weakness in as far as it does not really
have a "file format".  It is an evolving input language.

David Kastrup

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