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Re: [Spam] Re: Status and future of abc2ly

From: Andrew Bernard
Subject: Re: [Spam] Re: Status and future of abc2ly
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:18:08 +1100

Hi Rutger, this is great.

But I think you mean this page:

[Took me a while to figure that out.]

I conclude it's not worth spending any energy on lilypond abc2ly. Sounds like it should even be dropped, and perhaps the NR could day how to achieve ABC to lilypond.


On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 at 21:38, Rutger Hofman <address@hidden> wrote:
On 10-12-18 10:40, Andrew Bernard wrote:
> Hi Johan,
> Having recently become interested in Irish Traditional Music where there
> are countless tens of thousands of tunes in ABC, the de facto standard
> for the tradition, I'd be keen to see abc2ly brought up to date. My
> tests with it on a sample of several tunes from
> <> can only be described as abject failures.
> It would be great to have a current working version that operates really
> well, as the output from most of the ABC software available is dismal
> compared to lilypond. Although 'the dots' are frowned upon in ITM
> performance, it's handy to have a score to print out while learning a tune.
> Is anybody interested in taking this on? I'd be happy to lend a hand as
> well. At least we would be working towards a mature and non-moving
> standard as regards ABC, so that's one good thing.
> Andrew
> On Mon, 10 Dec 2018 at 19:31, Johan Vromans <address@hidden
> <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>     Is the abc2ly program still under active support/development? If so, are
>     there any plans to upgrade it to the newer standard?

Isn't it possible (and easy) to use Wim Vree's utility abc2xml, see to convert to MusicXML and
then convert the MusicXML into lilypond? From a maintenance/engineering
view, it is much preferable to have one 'intermediate' to convert
to/from, in stead of a separate converter package for each notation
system to be converted.

Wim's converter is listed in the 6-of-the-best for ABC, see


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