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RE: improving LilyPond useability

From: Daniel Rosen
Subject: RE: improving LilyPond useability
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:12:43 +0000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janek Warchoł [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, December 02, 2013 8:50 AM
> To: LilyPond Users; Jan Nieuwenhuizen; David Kastrup; Urs Liska; Noeck;
> Kieren MacMillan; Joseph Wakeling; Benjamin CL; Richard Shann
> Subject: improving LilyPond useability (was: Supporting my work on LilyPond
> financially)
> Learning Manual is 200 pages.  10 times too long - noone except the most
> nerdy people would read it (no surprise that i'm using Lily - i'm a nerd ;P).
> Even the "Tutorial" part of it is way too long (20 pages just to get the 
> program
> running and another 20 pages to get very basic notation!!).

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> I've created a "Quick-start" tutorial some time ago - my choir colleagues used
> it when crowd-typesetting "Dixit Dominus".  It's only
> 6 pages long and covers nearly all basic notation elements than a beginner
> would need - but it's not just a cheat-sheet: it introduces and teaches how to
> use Lily.  Add to that 3 pages explaining how to write basic structure and 
> we'd
> have something that gives an easy (but complete enough) introduction to
> LilyPond in half an hour (as opposed to 2 days of reading and heavy thinking
> for the Learning manual).

Sounds awesome.

> I'd be more than happy to share this tutorial and translate it, but i don't 
> have
> time to lead an effort to incorporate it in our docs.  So, if someone wants to
> take responsibility for this, i'll help, but without support this will not 
> work
> out!

I would definitely be willing to help with this, but I’m afraid that my skill 
set may be too limited to take the lead--in particular, I don't speak any 
languages well enough to translate them into English without resorting to 

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