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RE: Music Notation on the Web

From: Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler) <RogerCutler@chevron.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:16:23 -0600
Message-ID: <74D099405487FD48AEBE947AC287EB725C8BAE@HOU150NTXC16M.hou150.chevrontexaco.net>
To: "Tom White (MMA)" <lists@midi.org>, <public-xg-audio@w3.org>
Well, they're Web sites.  It seems to me that publishing music on Web
sites is what we're talking about.  However, if you are asking me, "Is
it necessary for the browser to be able to render it directly" - MY
answer for this use case is "No".  (Actually, the browser does not
render PDF's directly - that's a proprietary format with a proprietary
plugin, right?)   It seems to me, however, that there are probably other
use cases where the answer would be "Yes".  For example the demo at the
TPAC, which I think might have been a national anthem melody.  One could
imagine a display of flags and melodies in music notation in which
clicking on the music plays it.  In this case I guess it would be nice
if it played it for anyone without any arcane plugins.  But I'm
scattering use cases.  Taking the CPDL and similar site use case - no, I
don't think it's necessary for the browser to be able to render the
score.  What IS necessary is a story good enough to convince whoever is
doing this to use the format for many or most of the scores.  And I
guess it would be NICE if the file could be rendered without purchasing
expensive software, wouldn't it?  That is, that people could just render
and print it cheaply if that's what they needed, or could use expensive
software if they wanted to do something more?


From: public-xg-audio-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-xg-audio-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Tom White (MMA)
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 1:07 PM
To: public-xg-audio@w3.org
Subject: RE: Music Notation on the Web




	I think that the specific site I posted is more relevant.  I
want to be able to get the scores out of that site and transpose or
otherwise modify them.  Simple requirement.  Huge potential user
community (particularly if you include similar sites focused on other
instruments or genres).    To repeat, 




Knowing that your objective is to manipulate the scores from sites like
this helps me to understand what problem you are having. 


Now, taking that one step further, is there any specific reason why you
want to do this with a web browser, as opposed to an application? Or are
you simply suggesting that if someone is going to do this with a web
browser they should try to avoid the problems that exist in current


Tom White
Received on Monday, 13 December 2010 19:17:02 UTC

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