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Subject: Re: [docbook] Suggestion to the next DocBook schema release

On 07/30/2011 02:22 PM, Lee Savide wrote:
> Hi. I'm wondering if it'd be too much to ask if the next DocBook
> release could include ABC music notation as part of its markup. I've
> looked far and wide for an XML based solution to music notation
> markup, but the best I could find was MusicXML, and I'd much rather
> not muck up DocBook's markup, which is free of formatting directives,
> with another markup that is entirely dependant on formatting
> directives. ABC music notation came to be the next best solution
> because its text based, and its formatting directives are entirely
> optional within its syntax. Also, its header fields for metadata can
> be replaced with a customized <info> content model. These are only 
> suggestions, and I'd very much like an answer to them. I want to see
> DocBook flourish, and I personally believe that a means for music
> notation isn't out of the question. Thank you for your time, and
> please get back to me as soon as you can.

LilyPond has a utility, lilypond-book, which works with XML, LaTeX, or
HTML to pre-process its own music markup into embedded graphics.  It
seems to work quite well, and avoids having to reinvent the wheel.  See
<URL: http://lilypond.org/ >.

Chris Maden, text nerd  <URL: http://crism.maden.org/ >
Those who learn from history are doomed to become cynics.

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